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Brunton Outdoors Recalls Battery Packs Due to Fire Hazard

Recall Summary

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Brunton-Outdoors-Recalls-Battery-Packs/

Name of Product: Rechargeable battery packs

Recall Date: April 19, 2016

Recall Number: 16-148

Hazard: The power packs’ lithium ion polymer batteries can overheat and catch on fire during charging, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled power packs and contact Brunton for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Brunton Outdoor at 800-443-4871 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.brunton.com and click on Impel Charger Product Recall the top or bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Photos Available At http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Brunton-Outdoors-Recalls-Battery-Packs/

Units: About 1,050 in the U.S. (in addition, about 40 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves Brunton’s Impel and Impel 2 rechargeable, portable battery packs that are used to charge cell phones, tablets, laptops and other devices. The Impel battery came in a rubberized shell in dark gray with orange or blue and the Impel 2 in light gray with black trim. The battery packs can be plugged into an A/C wall outlet, a 12 volt car charger or an attachable solar panel for recharging. They measure about 7.5 inches long by 7 inches wide by 1 inch thick. The lithium ion polymer battery packs have 16, and 19 volt outputs and a USB port. The Impel model also has a 12 volt output. Brunton is embossed on the top of the battery pack, along with the power button and five LED lights. 

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reports of battery packs overheating and catching on fire; with one incident resulting in about $25,000 of property damage and another one in a garage burning down with property and smoke damage to the adjacent residence. No injuries have been reported.

Sold by: Adorama, Austin Canoe & Kayak, Moontrail, REI, The Clymb and other outdoor equipment retailers nationwide and online at http://www.amazon.com, http://www.backcountry.com, http://www.bhphotovideo.com, http://www.forestry-suppliers.com, and http://www.opticsplanet.com from February 2011 through May 2015 for about $300.

Importer: Brunton Outdoor Inc., of Louisville, Colo.

Manufactured in: China

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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