You might want to pay attention if you purchased an AmazonBasics power bank over the last couple of years. Working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Amazon has issued a recall of six models of its AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks. The models that have been recalled were sold by the company between December 2014 and July 2017. The affected units post a fire hazard which is why they’re being recalled.
The recall notice mentions that these AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks are at a risk of overheating which can cause them to melt and thus be a potential fire hazard. The notice also mentions that around 260,000 units are affected. The models affected by this recall include the 2,000mAh, 3,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 10,000mAh, and 16,100mAh models with micro-USB cable.
Amazon is now sending out emails to customers who purchased these power bans to inform them of the recall. It’s recommending that they stop using the product immediately. The emails also contain a one-time URL which lets the customer register their product and receive more details about returns and obtaining a refund for the defective product.
The company is obviously no longer selling the affected models. It has already removed listings for these models from its website. Keep an eye on your inbox if you happen to own one of the affected units.
Filed in Gadgets. Read more about Amazon. Source: cpsc.gov