Amazon recalls portable power banks for fire, burn risk

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Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand.

The recall will be carried out in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will be focused on six models of Amazon's house-brand power banks sold over a almost three-year period.

E-commerce giant Amazon issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on several of its AmazonBasics-branded portable charging power banks, citing concerns over the devices overheating and melting and starting fires.

3,000 mAh and 3,000 mAh with USB micro cable. In total, some 260,000 hazardous units were sold and as of today are being recalled. Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back. You can find those numbers printed on the back of the product.

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The power banks were sold on, at Amazon bookstores and Amazon pop-up stores from December 2014 through July 2017 for between $9 and $40. They were manufactured by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, of China.

Seattle-based Amazon said it is also contacting customers. It's unclear if the power banks have caused any injuries or fires thus far. If you didn't, then contact Amazon directly toll-free at 855-215-5134 from 8am to 5pm ET Monday through Saturday.

Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.

Amazon is also sending out emails to customers who purchased the power banks, advising them to immediately stop using them.