Amazon recalls portable chargers after fires, chemical burns

AmazonBasics portable power bank, with product ID number B000LRK8EVO printed on the back of the unit. (The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Amazon is recalling about 260,000 AmazonBasics portable chargers and power banks after the company received at least 53 reports of overheating, one report of chemical burns and four reports of property damage from fire and smoke.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that consumers "should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power banks and contact Amazon for instructions on how to return the unit and receive a full refund." Known purchasers are already being contacted directly by the firm.

The recall involves six versions of the portable lithium-ion battery chargers: 16,100 mAh; 10,000 mAh; 5,600 mAh; 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable; 3,000 mAh and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable. The AmazonBasics logo is printed on the front of the products, along with the product ID number that is printed on the back: B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC, B00ZQ4JQAA.

The products were sold at, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores from December 2014 through July 2017. The prices ranged between $9 and $40.

Amazon recalled the products voluntarily. For more information, call Amazon toll-free at 855-215-5134 during normal business hours. If you have one of the chargers, you can register the product here to receive a full refund.

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