Amazon recalls power banks due to fire and burn hazards

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

The report says the recall is being done in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, although a recall notice hasn't been posted to their website yet.

According to the CPSC, the battery in the AmazonBasics portable power banks can overheat and ignite, which could pose fire and burn hazards. In total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled.

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics power bank models due to overheating, which has potential fire risk. Those are model numbers B00ZQ4JQAA, B00LRK8JDC, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8EVO and B00LRK8HJ8.

The power banks were sold at Amazon.com and Amazon stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday said the online retailer had received 53 complaints about the AmazonBasics portable chargers overheating, including one consumer burned by battery acid and four reports of property damage from fire and smoke. If you didn't, then contact Amazon directly toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8am to 5pm ET Monday through Saturday. In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source.

All customers who purchased one of the recalled devices are being contacted by email directly by Amazon.

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