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Amazon Recalls Dangerous Power Banks Due to Overheating Risks

Steve Wagner

Synopsis

  • Six versions of portable lithium-ion battery chargers or power banks sold through AmazonBasics are being recalled because they can overheat and ignite.
  • 260,000 of them were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017.
  • So far there have been 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the U.S. with more expected to occur.
  • One report cited the victim suffered chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and others are claiming property damage.
  • We need to hold manufactures to higher standards, so they produce quality materials that won’t injure or harm people.

Amazon Recalls 260,000 Power Banks Because Of Fire Risk

Several versions of battery-charging power banks sold through Amazon are being recalled because they can overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards. So far, about 260,000 units have been recalled after 53 reports of the power banks overheating in the U.S., including one report of chemical burns due to contact with battery acid and four reports of property damage, including fire and smoke damage.

What Consumers Need to Know, Where to Check

These power banks were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Pop-Up Stores from December 2014 through July 2017. The rubberized or metallic power banks are black and rectangular. They measure about 3 inches long by 1.4-inch-high by 0.9 inch wide. The power banks were sold with or without a USB charger cable and a carrying pouch. The AmazonBasics logo is printed on the front of the unit. Six versions of AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks have been included in the recall. This is the current list:

  • 16,100 mAh
  • 10,000 mAh
  • 5,600 mAh
  • 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable
  • 3,000 mAh
  • 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable

These product ID numbers are printed on the back of each unit:

  • B00LRK8EVO
  • B00LRK8HJ8
  • B00LRK8I7O
  • B00LRK8IV0
  • B00LRK8JDC
  • B00ZQ4JQAA

If you have one of these items, and are not injured, call Amazon at 855-215-5134 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Saturday or visit the recall page online to register the product and receive a full refund.

If you have been injured, contact the product liability lawyers at Wagner Reese. We want to hear your case.

Amazon’s Design Defect and Product Liability

Product liability refers to the responsibility of the manufacturer or producer of a product, making a product available for the general public that is dangerous, defective, harmful, or otherwise unsafe to use and does not meet the standards for safety. The responsible parties can include the company that made or produced the product, the maker of parts for a product, and/or the store that ultimately sold the product to consumers.

There is a possibility that Amazon and its responsible parties may face several product liability cases with this recall because of the faulty design defect. Product liability injuries and property damage have already occurred because the power banks were available for consumer use and were defective, not safe, and did not perform within the manufacturer’s original intent.

Wagner Reese Defective Product Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one have sustained an injury due to an AmazonBasics’ portable lithium-ion battery charger or power bank, or property damage has occurred, contact the lawyers of Wagner Reese. With decades of experience in fighting back against manufacturers of all kinds and holding them to higher standards to produce quality materials that won’t injure or harm people, we know how to help you.

Simply send us a message, and one of our attorneys will review your information and respond promptly. If you wish to speak with us, please call (888) 204-8440.

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