US: Columbia Sportswear recalls more battery packs
Outdoor apparel and footwear firm Columbia Sportswear has recalled more of the battery packs sold with some of its electrically heated jackets, over fears they could overheat and pose a fire hazard.
The voluntary recall covers 66 batteries sold with 33 electric jackets, and includes Omni-Heat lithium-polymer rechargeable batteries. Two battery packs were included in each jacket.
The jackets the batteries were in include Electro Amp Jacket (SM7864) and Circuit Breaker Softshell (SM7855) for men as well as the Circuit Breaker Softshell (SL7856), Snow Hottie Jacket (SL7866), and Snow Hottie Parka (SL7853) for women.
Columbia Sportswear received one report of an overheating battery in Europe but no incidents or injuries were reported in the US.
The battery packs were sold by at Columbia Sportswear stores in the US and online between September and November for US$260.
The batteries were originally recalled in November 2011 after the company received one report of a battery overheating at its distribution facility in France.
Last December, Columbia also recalled a number of battery packs that were sold in Austria, France, Germany, Spain and the UK between June and November.
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