Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns

Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power banks over fire concerns”

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. 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.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says that about 260,000 units are affected.

The power banks in question include the 16,100 mAh, 10,000 mAh, 5,600 mAh, 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable, 3,000 mAh, and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back of the unit.

You shouldn't just mail the power bank back to Amazon in a box; judging by how the recall of Samsung's infamous Galaxy Note 7 went, you'll need to ship any potentially defective devices back in a special fireproof box. The potentially unsafe models of the AmazonBasics Power Banks can no longer be purchased. In this case, Gizmodo reports the power banks were made by Guoguang Electric Company China.

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular.

Amazon is reportedly emailing users who bought the power banks to inform them of the recall, and provide more information about how to return the devices and get a refund. Additionally, according to the recall details, "Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the USA, including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage". In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source.

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