Batteries Sold With Columbia Sportswear Jackets Recalled; May Catch Fire
Columbia Sportswear is re-announcing a recall of Omni-Heat lithium-polymer rechargeable batteries sold with a number of its jackets. The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
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).
The recalled battery packs were sold with Columbia electric jackets sold by Columbia online and at Columbia Sportswear stores.
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.
For additional information, call Columbia Sportswear toll-free at 800-622-6953.
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