Expanded recall: Columbia Jackets with Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries
On 2013-01-09, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an expanded recall regarding Columbia Jackets with Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2012 for about $260. It was originally recalled on 2011-11-16.
Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Clothing (Adults) category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 500,000 product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 622-6953
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What is the problem?
The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
How can I tell if I own this product?
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).
Information on where these items sold new+: 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.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
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.
Columbia Sportswear Company at (800)622-6953 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, by email at Columbia@custhelp.com, or visit the firm's website at www.Columbia.com/Recall
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm received one report of an overheating battery in Europe. No incidents or injuries were reported in the U.S.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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