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Safety Alert

AP Specialties Recalls Power Bank Chargers Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Two-Tone Power Bank Charger

Hazard: When unit is being charged or being used to charge another device, it can overheat, causing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: Call AP Specialties toll free at (888) 877-7221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.apspecialties.com and click on Product Recall or go directly to www.powerbankrecall.com for more information.

Units: About 172,000

Description: Power Bank charger is a self-contained energy source used to charge cell phones and other devices when an electrical outlet is not available. The unit is rectangular in shape and measures approximately 3.6 inches long by 1 inch high by 1 inch wide. It has a white top and the sides are either black, dark blue, lime green, light blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white or yellow. On the white top of the charger in black letters are "OUT DC5V" and "IN DC5V". Units with a period after the lettering – reading "OUT DC5V." – are not involved in this recall. The name and/or logo of the organization that gave away the charger as a promotional item appears on the side of the power bank.

Incidents/Injuries: There are three reported incidents of the Power Bank overheating. One incident resulted in fire damage. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the charger and contact AP Specialties for a replacement. AP Specialties will send consumer an envelope and label with instructions on how to return the power bank free of charge. Upon receipt of the power bank, AP Specialties will send the consumer a replacement product.

Sold at: Power banks were given as promotional items at various meetings, trade shows and industry conventions from November 2013 to August 2014. The products sold for about $8 to $11.

Manufactured in: China