Power Banks Recalled Due to Lithium Battery Incidents
An official recall announcement was added to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Website today, March 13. The recall impacts six versions of Amazon’s portable lithium-ion battery chargers, also called power banks, at various milli-Amp-hour ratings.
A full list of product numbers is available here.
Manufactured by Chinese company Guoguang Electric Company Limited, these portable lithium-ion power banks were sold on Amazon.com and in Amazon’s brick-and-mortar stores between December 2014 and July 2017, at a price of $9 to $40, according to CPSC.
This is far from the first lithium battery–related recall we’ve seen lately. In September 2016, a highly publicized incident involving Samsung cell phones led the company to recall all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and the FAA to release a travel safety advisory for Samsung’s customers.
In November 2017, CPSC announced recalls of seven brands of lithium-ion battery powered “hoverboards”—a wildly popular holiday gift.
So far in 2018, lithium battery recalls have been initiated for notebook computer battery packs and a popular lap top model.
To see how lithium batteries become a transportation and workplace hazard, watch the video below.
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