The entities recalled about 172,000 units of the charger, noting in the recall that when "being charged or being used to charge another device, it can overheat, causing a fire hazard."
No injuries have been reported, but there overheating incidents were reported in addition to another incident that resulted in fire damage.
The China-made power banks—sold for about $8 to $11—were given away as promotional items at various meetings, trade shows and industry conventions between November 2013 and August 2014.
The 3.6x1x1" charger has a white top and colored body available in black, dark blue, light blue, lime green, orange, pink, purple, red, white or yellow. Each also contains a name or logo on the side of the bank. On the top of the charger "OUT SC5V" and "IN DC5V" appears. Those that contain a period—"OUT DC5V."—are not involved in the recall.
Consumers in possession of one of the recalled power banks should stop using the item and contact AP Specialties for a replacement. The supplier will send the consumer an envelop and lane with instructions on how to return the item and receive a replacement free of charge.
Contact AP Specialties at 888-877-7221 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or visit www.powerbankrecall.com.
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