Amazon recalls portable chargers on reports of fires, burns

AmazonBasics Power Bank

AmazonBasics Power Bank

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

The recall affects six models of power bank, the 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable.

According to the CPSC, the battery in the AmazonBasics portable power banks can overheat and ignite, which could pose fire and burn hazards.

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. Product numbers are on the back of the power banks. However, that brand has been tarnished a little today on news that some AmazonBasics power banks are a fire hazard, and Amazon sold these faulty accessories for almost three years.

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Amazon has removed all of the affected models from its store to prevent more from entering circulation. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company Ltd.in China.

In an advisory from the United States Consumer Product Safety commission, end users are asked to "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".

If you own one of these faulty power banks, expect Amazon to get in contact with you if you purchased the product from them yourself.

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