The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says Amazon received 53 reports of the chargers overheating, including one of a customer who was burned by battery acid. There were also four reports of property damage due to fire and smoke.
The CPSC says customers should stop using the chargers and contact Amazon for a refund. Seattle-based Amazon.com says it is also contacting customers.
The affected chargers have been described on the CPSC site, “This recall involves six versions of Amazon Basics’ portable lithium-ion battery chargers/power banks: 16100mAh; 10000mAh; 5600mAh; 2000mAh with Micro-USB cable; 3000mAh and 3000mAh with USB micro cable. The rubberised 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 Amazon Basics logo is printed on the front of the unit. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back of the unit.”
The power banks, used to charge smartphones and other gadgets on the go, were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up shops between December 2014 and July 2017. They cost between $9 and $40 (roughly Rs. 585 and Rs. 2,600).
Amazon says customers can request a refund through its website, amazonpowerbank.expertinquiry.com
Written with inputs from AP