From the Wires
Columbia Sportswear Reannounces Its Recall of Batteries Sold With Jackets Due To Fire Hazard
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 10, 2013 02:00 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries
Hazard: The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately check the battery packs included with the electric jacket to determine if they are part of the recall. Those with affected batteries should immediately remove the affected battery pack(s) from the jacket and contact Columbia Sportswear for a free replacement.
Firm's Media Contact: (503) 985-4584
Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13089.html?tab=recalls.
Units: About 66 batteries - 33 jackets with two battery packs each (About 440 batteries - 220 jackets with two battery packs each were recalled in November 2011.)
Description: This recall involves battery packs that power heating systems in jackets. The black battery packs are 3.25 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.7 inches deep and marked with "Columbia" on the top and "OMNI-HEAT™" on the bottom of the pack. Part number 054978-001 is printed on the side of the battery label.
Two battery packs were included with styles from:
Incidents/Injuries: The firm received one report of an overheating battery in Europe. No incidents or injuries were reported in the U.S.
Sold at: The recalled battery packs were sold with Columbia electric jackets sold by Columbia online and at Columbia Sportswear stores in the cities and states listed below between September and November 2012 for about $260.
The nine Columbia Sportswear outlets that carried the jackets with battery packs are located in:
Sunrise, Fla. 33304
Importer: Columbia Sportswear Company, of Portland, Ore.
Manufactured in: China
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.
CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals—contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.
SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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