Portable Chargers Recalled for Potential Fire Hazard
UNITED STATES – According to an online report from prnewswire.comand a listing at cpsc.gov, a model of portable charger has been recalled in the United States and Canada because it poses a potential fire hazard. The recall took effect on April 2, 2019, and it applies to a model of charger manufactured by Spector & Co.*
The recall was initiated by Spector & Co. and applies to the T119 Elf power bank charger. This charger is manufactured in China and comes in blue, black, gray, and red. It is rectangular in shape and measures about 4 inches long and about 0.75 inches wide. About 4,500 units were sold in the United States, and about 2,600 were sold in Canada.
The chargers are portable ways to charge cell phones, tablets, and other devices. They utilize USB and micro-USB ports for charging devices and recharging the bank. The top of the charger features the words “5V OUT” and “5V IN” above the two charging ports. These signal where and how the unit should be used.
The recall announcement states that the chargers can overheat while in the process of recharging, which can pose a fire hazard. So far, according to the recall, no property damage or injuries have been reported. Spector & Co. has identified two reports of overheating.
The recall says that consumers with these power bank chargers should immediately discontinue use. Consumers can also contact Spector & Co. to receive a free replacement, along with instructions for proper disposal of the battery bank. Questions about the recall can be directed to Spector & Co. at (866) 215) 7991.
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Sources:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/spector--co-recalls-power-bank-chargers-due-to-fire-hazard-300823200.html and https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Spector--Co-Recalls-Power-Bank-Chargers-Due-to-Fire-Hazard