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Power Banks Recalled Due to Lithium Battery Incidents

Posted on 3/13/2018 by Roger Marks

Citing fifty-three reports of overheating lithium batteries, one report of chemical burns, and four reports of property damage, Amazon has announced a recall of six AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers.

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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