Amazon Is Recalling These Battery Chargers Over Fire Fears

Amazon Is Recalling These Battery Chargers Over Fire Fears

Amazon doesn't manufacture the AmazonBasics electronics products itself, but rather rebrands devices made by a third-party manufacturer. These items are usually presented as an cheap alternative to items from other known brands, and it covers a variety of products: cables, adapters, bags, and more.

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. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far.

Amazon offers multiple versions of them under its AmazonBasics brand, but about 260,000 units have been recalled due to combined chemical burn and fire risk. Those are model numbers B00ZQ4JQAA, B00LRK8JDC, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8EVO and B00LRK8HJ8.

Heavy rainfall predicted in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu, fishermen advised caution
Officials have been asked to be ready and, if necessary, coastal relief shelters would be opened at short notice. Kerala's chief secretary Paul Antony met different departmental heads Tuesday morning to review preparations.

Amazon says customers can request a refund through its website here. Says the CPSC, Amazon has been on the receiving end of 53 reports from U.S. customers who experienced device overheating. There has been one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.

Amazon offered the power banks for sale through Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores, and Amazon Pop-Up Stores between December 2014 and July 2017. Owners should stop using these recalled units immediately.

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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