A line of battery packs used to charge electronic devices are being recalled this week because they can overheat and cause a fire.
Here’s a more detailed look:
DETAILS: Goal Zero’s Sherpa brand 50 and 120 rechargeable battery packs that are used to charge cellphones, tablets, laptops and other devices. The battery packs can be plugged into an A/C wall outlet, a 12 volt car charger or an attachable solar panel for recharging. The lithium ion iron phosphate battery packs are silver and black. Goal Zero and Sherpa 50 or 120 are printed on one side of the battery pack. The serial number is printed on the other side. Serial numbers that start with S/N 11002 or S/N 11102 are included in the recall. They were sold at REI and other sporting goods stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Goalzero.com from March 2010 through November 2013
WHY: The battery packs can overcharge, overheat, bulge and melt the battery pack’s enclosure, posing a fire hazard and risk of property damage.
INCIDENTS: One report of a fire and two reports of property damage due to the battery packs overheating. One consumer reported becoming ill after breathing fumes from an overheated battery pack.
HOW MANY: About 10,000 in the U.S. and 110 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Goal Zero at 877-897-3193 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit www.goalzero.com and click on “Product Notifications” for more information.
UTILITY VEHICLE DOORS
DETAILS: Pro Armor doors sold as accessories for model year 2010 through 2014 Polaris RZR 800 and RZR 900 models. The doors have a black powder coated finish and have four major components: a large square sheet metal panel, a smaller triangular sheet metal panel, a tubular metal frame and a latch. The panels are interchangeable and come in two styles. One style has cutout vents along the top and the other style has none. The smaller panel has a white Pro Armor logo below the cutouts. The door frame has the logo and “Pro Armor” on the top tube. The latch is silver with a black locking mechanism that attaches to the vehicle frame and a handle that attaches to the door. They were sold at Powersports dealers and online nationwide from June 2014 through October 2014.
WHY: The latch pin can disengage from the latch and allow the door to open while the vehicle is moving, posing a risk of ejection of an unrestrained rider and impact or laceration hazards.
INCIDENTS: 23 reports of the latch pin disengaging. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 300.
FOR MORE: Call Pro Armor at 888-312-7667 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit www.proarmor.com and click on “2014 Latch Recall” halfway down the left side of the page for more information.