Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power bank models over fire concerns

Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power bank models over fire concerns

In all cases, Amazon will ship the power banks back and issue a full refund to you.

About 260,000 units of the AmazonBasics power banks were recalled because the power bank's battery can overheat and ignite.

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. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far.

The affected power bank models include the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable. They were sold both with and without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch.

They were sold at, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for $9-$40. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back. The retailer is contacting known purchasers directly.

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.

Protected lithium-ion battery cells have been turned into relatively safe components and are found in plenty of common household electronics.

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