Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power bank models over fire concerns

  • Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power bank models over fire concerns

Amazon recalls six AmazonBasics power bank models over fire concerns

The CPSC said consumers should unplug and stop using the power banks, and contact Amazon for a refund.

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand.

Additionally, according to the recall details, "Amazon has received 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the United States, including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage".

The watchdog for safety and quality of consumer products in the United States said about 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks - manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon's "Basics" lineup - were part of the recall. According to the e-mail, the units are at risk of overheating and could catch fire, melt, and cause damage.

According to CPSC, 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.

The Verge reported the recall will affect six models of AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks sold between December 2014 and July 2017.

The recall covers a total of six AmazonBasics power bank models with the following ID numbers: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA. The company is promising to provide customers with refunds for their purchases.

A power bank is an external, portable battery that can be used to charge a USB-based device while away from an outlet.

The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular.