Amazon Recalls own brand battery chargers after 53 failures

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

Amazon recalls 260000 chargers due to overheating risk

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics portable battery chargers due to overheating, The Verge reports.

3,000 mAh and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable.

The power banks, used to charge smartphones and other gadgets on the go, were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon book stores and Amazon pop-up shops between December 2014 and July 2017. The potentially unsafe models of the AmazonBasics Power Banks can no longer be purchased.

The recall will be carried out in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will be focused on six models of Amazon's house-brand power banks sold over a almost three-year period.

Amazon has removed all of the affected models from its store to prevent more from entering circulation.

The watchdog for safety and quality of consumer products in the United States said about 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks - manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon's "Basics" lineup - were part of the recall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says Amazon received 53 reports of the chargers overheating, including one of a customer who was burned by battery acid.

Fortunately, there are about a million more power banks on Amazon right now that won't catch fire. Medium-capacity power banks often use several standard 18650 lithium-ion batteries connected together, and those batteries are made by a handful of large factories.

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