Columbia Sportswear Reannounces Its Recall of Batteries Sold With Jackets Due To Fire Hazard
Name of Product:
Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries
The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
January 09, 2013
About 66 batteries (33 jackets with two battery packs each)
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:
Fall 2011 Mens: Electro Amp Jacket (SM7864) and Circuit Breaker Softshell (SM7855)
Fall 2011 Womens: Circuit Breaker Softshell (SL7856); Snow Hottie Jacket (SL7866), and Snow Hottie Parka (SL7853)
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.
The firm received one report of an overheating battery in Europe. No incidents or injuries were reported in the U.S.
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 Sportwear outlets that carried the jackets with battery packs are located in:
Sunrise, Fla. 33304 Wrentham, Mass. 02093 Birch Run, Mich. 48415-9496 Albertville, Minn. 55301 Central Valley, N.Y. 10917 Las Vegas, Nev. 89106 Grove City, Penn. 16127 Park City, Utah 84098 Pleasant Prairie, Wis. 53158-1705
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