Fires cause Ama­zon to re­call por­ta­ble charg­ers

The Columbus Dispatch - - Market Summary -

NEW YORK — Ama­zon is re­call­ing 260,000 Ama­zonBa­sics por­ta­ble charg­ers af­ter re­ports that they can over­heat and cause fires or burns.

The U.S. 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 Ama­ Inc. says it is also con­tact­ing cus­tomers.

The power banks, used to charge smart­phones and other gad­gets on the go, were sold at Ama­, Ama­zon book stores and Ama­zon pop-up shops be­tween Dec. 2014 and July 2017.

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