Atomi, an importer based in New York, NY has issued a recall for approximately 80,000 Sharper Image brand USB wall chargers manufactured in China. The wall chargers are used to recharge electronic devices, such as MP3 players, through their USB connectors.
The company has reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that the chargers can overheat and smoke, posing both fire and burn hazards to consumers. Atomi has received 13 separate reports of the chargers overheating and smoking, and producing acrid smells. However, there have been no reports of consumer injuries.
The recalled USB wall chargers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx retail stores, and on various online websites, from October 2001 to September 2012 for between $8 and $13.