Note: This recall has been reannounced.
Recall Details Report an Incident Involving this Product
The Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer rechargeable batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating.
This recall involves battery packs that power heating systems in jackets. Two battery packs were included with the following Omni-Heat Electric jacket styles: Omni-Heat Electric Wader Widgeon, Omni-Heat Electric Big Game and Omni-Heat Gale Warning Interchange. 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: 054978-001" is printed on the side label.
The firm has received one report of a battery overheating that was discovered at its distribution facility in France. No incidents or injuries have been reported in the United States.
Consumers should immediately remove the battery pack from the jacket and contact the firm for instructions to return both battery packs to Columbia for free replacements.
Columbia online retail for $79. The recalled battery packs were included with the jackets sold by Columbia online retail and outdoor and sporting goods dealers nationwide from July 2011 to September 2011 from $900 to $1200.
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