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Battery packs for Columbia jackets recalled because of fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall extension this month for the Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries stamped with the Columbia logo. According to the CPSC report, the batteries are being recalled because of a cell defect that can cause the packs to overheat, posing a risk for fire hazard.

The defect in the product was first reported in November 2011 but the CPSC, as well as the Columbia Sportswear Company, feel that a recall extension is necessary to make sure that all consumers are aware of the potential hazard these battery packs may be to people across the nation.

Although many people here in California may not think that they would be affected by this recall, some people may point out that this product could be popular with skiers who may find this product desirable in the snow covered peaks on the east side of the state.

Because the battery packs were sold in cities and states across the nation, Columbia Sportswear has agreed to also post information on their website to increase visibility for the recall. The company is continuing its efforts to work with the CPSC to make sure that no one is seriously injured because of their manufacturing error.

Although the CPSC has not announced that anyone has become injured because of this potential danger, that doesn't mean that an accident won't happen in the future. It's easy to think that the products we buy every day are safe, but the truth of the matter is that mistakes can be made and it's important for consumers to be warned when they do happen.

Source: The Business & Heritage Clarksville, "Jacket heating battery packs face extended consumer product recall," Turner McCullough, Jr., Jan. 16, 2013

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