AmazonBasics power banks recalled over chemical burn and fire risk

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The recall will be carried out in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will be focused on six models of Amazon's house-brand power banks sold over a almost three-year period.

Amazon doesn't manufacture the AmazonBasics electronics products itself, but rather rebrands devices made by a third-party manufacturer.


E-commerce giant Amazon issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on several of its AmazonBasics-branded portable charging power banks, citing concerns over the devices overheating and melting and starting fires. In the meantime, do not use the power bank and unplug it from any power source. Says the CPSC, Amazon has been on the receiving end of 53 reports from U.S. customers who experienced device overheating.

All customers who purchased one of the recalled devices are being contacted by email directly by Amazon.


They have capacities of 16,100mAh, 10,000mAh, 5,600mAh, 3,000mAh, 2,000mAh with Micro USB cable, and 3,000mAh with Micro USB cable. According to the e-mail, the units are at risk of overheating and could catch fire, melt, and cause damage. The affected devices have the AmazonBasics on the front with the part number - B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA - on the back.

According to The Verge, the e-mail Amazon sent to customers offers a link that they can click to register the affected products and learn how to return them.


The report says the recall is being done in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, although a recall notice hasn't been posted to their website yet.

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