Amazon has recalled their AmazonBasics portable chargers due to a potential burn risk.

The recall involves 260,000 portable chargers sold by Amazon from December 2014-July 2017.  They ranged in price from $9.00 to $40.00. Six versions of the portable charger are involved in the recall: 16,100 mAh; 10,000 mAh; 5,600 mAh; 2,000 mAh with micro USB cable; 3,000 mAh and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable.

Amazon has received 53 reports of the chargers overheating including one consumer who was burned by battery acid.  Amazon also received four property damage reports from fire and smoke caused by the overheating charger.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges all consumers to immediately stop using the charger and to contact Amazon for a refund.  Amazon is also contacting consumers and says that you can request a refund through their website.

Recovering compensation after an injury from a defective product

It is a manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure their products are safe for consumers.  If someone is injured due to a defective product, a product liability claim may exist.  A claim may be pursued to pay for damages caused by the defective product such as medical bills, missed time from work and pain and suffering. 

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured by a defective product, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to review your rights.  Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.

 Source: USA TODAY, “Amazon recalls AmazonBasics portable chargers on reports of fires, burns”