Two companies have recently announced recalls of mobile device charging kits due to reports of overheating and burn injuries.
In the first case, Lifeguard Press Inc. of Bowling Green, KY has recalled over 25,000 charging kits manufactured in China. The company says that the wall charging unit can overheat and emit smoke and sparks, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. In addition, the prongs on the charger can detach from the charger body and remain in the electrical outlet, posing a risk of electrical shock.
Lifeguard Press says that it has received six reports of wall chargers emitting smoke, and an additional six reports of prongs detaching from the plug. However, no injuries have been reported.
The recalled charging kits were sold under several different fashion brand names, including Lilly Pulitzer, Jonathan Adler and Ban do, at Nordstrom’s, Dilliard’s, Lilly Pulitzer and additional independent boutique clothing stores nationwide from February through June 2014 for between $25 and $30.
In the second instance, Gemini Manufacturing Inc. of Gaffney, SC is recalling about 31,000 power adaptors/chargers manufactured in China and distributed as free promotional giveaways at U.S. tradeshows from October 2013 through April 2014.
According to the company, the adaptors/chargers can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Gemini has received one report of a consumer who suffered a hand burn as a result of contact with a recalled adaptor/charger.