Recall: Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries / Battery Packs sold with Jackets
On 2011-11-16, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries / Battery Packs sold with Jackets due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in July 2011 for about $900 to $1200.
About 200 units are involved in this Columbia Sportswear Company battery pack recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 5th recall of products in the Clothing (Adults) category in 2011.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 400,000 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. 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.
Additional models were subsequently recalled.
These items were sold new+ at 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.
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 remove the battery pack from the jacket and contact the firm for instructions to return both battery packs to Columbia for free replacements.
For additional information, contact Columbia Sportswear Company between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT at (800)622-6953, email Columbia@custhelp.com, or visit the firm's website at www.Columbia.com/Recall
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
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.
+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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