Amazon recalling 6 models of battery packs over potential fire hazards

Amazon recalling 6 models of battery packs over potential fire hazards

AmazonBasics is not only very lucrative for Amazon, it's become a trusted brand shoppers turn to when they want a reliable accessory. All listings for these power banks have already been removed from the Amazon website and they can no longer be purchased.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall involves six versions of the AmazonBasics' portable lithium-ion battery/power banks: 16,100 mAh; 10,000 mAh; 5,600 mAh; 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable; 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable. In total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled.

According to the email from Amazon, consumers who have purchased the affected devices are advised to unplug them immediately and stop using the product, then register the device with Amazon to receive instructions on how to return it as part of the recall.

Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.

Amazon has issued a voluntary recall of six AmazonBasics power bank models due to overheating, which has potential fire risk.

The power banks were sold at Amazon.com and Amazon stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.in China.

Seattle-based Amazon said it is also contacting customers. The potentially unsafe models of the AmazonBasics Power Banks can no longer be purchased.

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