Amazon has recalled around 260,000 of its own-brand lithium-ion power bank chargers amid warnings that the battery can “overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards”.
The recall came after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said there had been 53 reports of the China-made power banks (pictured) overheating in the US— including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.
“Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund,” the CPSC said. “All known purchasers are being contacted directly by the firm.”
The CPSC said potentially-affected units could be identified by the following codes on the back of the units: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, B00ZQ4JQAA.
The recall comes just weeks after Fujitsu became the latest in a long line of laptop producers to announce a product recall of the batteries for some of its models.
In January, HP issued a battery recall for some of the company’s notebooks and mobile workstations.