260,000 AmazonBasics power banks recalled for fire risk

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Amazon is recalling six models of power banks in its AmazonBasics line, totaling about 260,000 units, due to 53 reports of overheating in the US. One of these reports caused chemical burns, and four caused property damage.

The official hazard listed by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is “The power bank’s battery can overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards.” The six models in total that are being recalled, all of which were produced by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, are as follows:

  • 16,100mAh
  • 10,000mAh
  • 5,600mAh
  • 3,000mAh
  • 3,000mAh w/ microUSB cable
  • 2,000mAh w/ microUSB cable

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260,000 Amazon Basics power banks are being recalled for risk of overheating

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Today, Amazon has issued a recall for its self-branded line of power banks that it sells. If you have any of the following power banks by Amazon Basics, you should head to the link at the end of this post to check its product ID number against the ones listed on the site. The 260,000 affected units include the following mAh capacity models: 16,100 / 10,000 / 5,600 / 3,000 / 2,000. These units have been reportedly overheating and there have already been reports of damage to property and at least one report of a chemical burn. If your power bank leaks liquid, this is battery acid and you…

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AmazonBasics power banks recalled over fire hazard concerns

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AmazonBasics is great choice for everything from HDMI cables to coathangers and a whole lot more. Apparently "whole lot more" also extends to unintentional fire sources. The shopping juggernaut has recalled a half-dozen power banks sold between Decem…
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Additional hoverboards are being recalled after causing two more house fires

Eight more hoverboard brands have been issued warnings and recalls by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, reminding us once again that hoverboards have a tendency to explode.

This newest sweep of CPSC warnings and recalls comes after two house fires were started by faulty LayZ hoverboards this year, one of which was fatal. The agency is warning consumers to not use LayZ hoverboards and has issued recalls for hoverboards made by the following brands: Dollar Mania Sonic Smart Wheels, Tech Drift, Digital Products iLive, iHoverspeed, Four Star Imports Go Wheels, Drone Nerds, and Salvage World.

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PSA: Refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries recalled for potential overheating issues

Oh, look: another Samsung battery recall. Though not as widespread as the Note7 debacle, this one is still important to pay attention to. If you received a refurbished AT&T Galaxy Note 4 (like for an insurance replacement) between December 2016 and April 2017, listen up.

Samsung and FedEx Supply Chain have determined that some of the non-OEM (i.e. Samsung didn’t manufacture them) batteries used in these refurbished devices are counterfeit and show anomalies that would cause the cell to overheat.

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Glittery iPhone Cases Recalled Due to Chemical Burn, Skin Irritation

A recall has been issued for liquid-filled, glittery iPhone cases after claims of leakages causing chemical burns and other skin ailments, according to a new report.

MixBin Electronics, the company who manufactures the glitter cases, issued the recall on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The company’s cases are sold through its own website as well as various high-profile online and brick-and-mortar retailers across the globe, including Amazon, Henri Bendel, Tory Burch, Victoria’s Secret and Nordstrom Rack.

The recall affects 24 different models of phone cases for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7s lineups. Overall, around 275,000 cases sold across the globe are being recalled. An estimated 263,000 of the recalled iPhone cases were sold in the U.S. from about October 2015 to June of this year. Additionally, about 11,400 cases were sold in Canada and about 400 in Mexico in the same period.

About 24 cases of skin irritations or chemical burns have been reported worldwide, about 19 of which occurred in the U.S., according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. One person has been reported to have suffered permanent scarring from a chemical burn, while another reported burns and swelling to various parts of her body including her neck, leg, chest, upper body, face and hands, The Verge reported.

The MixBin cases, which are manufactured in China, have been commercially available for about two years and retail from $ 15 to $ 65 a piece. They feature glitter suspended in an unknown liquid. According to MixBin’s press release, there’s a risk of “skin irritation, blisters or burns if the liquid contained in the phone case leaks and comes into contact with the skin due to breakage of cracking of the case.” It’s currently unknown what the liquid is, or what compounds it might contain that could cause the skin ailments.

MixBin is urging owners of its glittery cases to immediately stop using them and to contact the company for a full refund. The company currently has a list of every case affected by the recall on its website, although it may be hard to identify a specific model from the pictures, as many are fairly generic. Additionally, the CPSC is maintaining its own list of affected cases, with model numbers and UPC codes — but, of course, most people have probably disposed of the packaging by now.

Are Android Glitter Cases Recalled?

It’s worth noting that, while only iPhone cases have been affected by the recall, there are still similar cases for various Android phones that are widely available. Since many of them are likely also manufactured similarly to MixBin’s cases, it might be best exercise caution with any liquid-filled glittery case. At least until there’s more information about the liquid and its contents.

If you own a glittery case, it might be best to take it off your phone and swap it out for something else, even if you’re not sure if it’s been affected by the recall. Better safe than sorry.

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