The company myCharge has issued a recall for about 67,000 powerbanks after multiple reports of injuries and property damage because of overheating lithium-ion batteries.
According to Consumer Reports, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that there have been 30 instances of the powerbanks overheating and/or catching fire.
Battery fires have the potential to cause serious injuries and substantial property damage.
Details of the Recall
Those incidents have resulted in seven injuries to consumers that included burn injuries to the upper body, hands, legs, and/or feet. The CPSC also got reports of property damage to household flooring, walls, and furniture. The CPSC is urging consumers to stop using the devices right away and contact the manufacturer to receive a refund.
The refund will come in the form of an electronic voucher for the full purchase price and a 25% bonus that can be redeemed on mycharge.com. The powerbanks can be used to power small electronic devices via a USB interface. They were sold in 2019 on the myCharge website and at popular retailers such as Target, Amazon, and Best Buy.
The recall involves seven myCharge powerbank models used for powering and recharging electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, and e-readers. The units have a blue, black, or gray anodized metallic case with “myCharge” written on the front. The model name can be found on the back and on the bottom panel of the product packaging. The models were priced between $70 and $100 and sold from August 2018 through December 2019.
Understanding Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries were developed back in the 1970s and were first commercialized by Sony in 1991 for the company’s handheld video recorder. Today, everything from smartphones to electric cars are powered by these batteries, which makes the issue of battery safety that much more important. By 2025, the global lithium-ion battery market is expected to reach $100.4 billion.
Quality control is extremely important when it comes to lithium-ion batteries. A battery that is defective or produced with substandard parts is in greater danger of blowing up and causing fires that can seriously injure people. If you or a loved one has been injured by a lithium-ion battery, it is important that you contact an experienced product defect lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.