Columbia’s Omni-Heat battery-powered jacket a fire hazard

 

A cell defect on the battery pack, which causes overheating and pose a fire hazard, was found on three Omni-Heat™ Electric jacket styles: Omni-Heat™ Electric Wader Widgeon, Omni-Heat™ Electric Big Game and Omni-Heat™ Gale Warning Interchange. Two battery packs were included with each of the jackets.

Columbia voluntarily conducted the product recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Owners of any of the three jackets mentioned should immediately remove the battery pack from the jacket and call Columbia (contact below) for further instructions and free replacements.

The battery pack is a lithium-polymer rechargeable battery (dimensions: 3.25″ x 2.3″ x 0.7″) marked with “Columbia”on the top and “OMNI-HEAT™” on the bottom of the pack. “Part: 054978-001″ is printed on the side label.

An investigation was conducted after an overheated battery was discovered at Columbia’s distribution facility in France, leading to the recall.

You can call Columbia Sportswear Company between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Time at (800) 622-6953 or email them at Columbia@custhelp.com, or visit their website at www.Columbia.com/Recall

via GetOutdoors.com

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commsion site: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12705.htmldfd

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December 7, 2011