Goal Zero, a company specializing in solar power products, has announced a recall of approximately 10,000 of its rechargeable battery packs due to reports of overheating and melting.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the battery packs recalled include the Goal Zero Sherpa brand 50 and 120 rechargeable battery packs. They were manufactured to charge electronic devices, such as cell phones, tablets, laptops and so on. The battery packs can be charged in three ways: by an A/C wall outlet, a 12 volt car charger or an attachable solar panel.
The silver and black recalled battery packs, which are made of a lithium ion iron phosphate battery, should have Goal Zero and Sherpa 50 or 120 printed on one side. The other side will feature the serial number, which should start with S/N 11002 or S/N 11102 to be in this recall.
Incidents related to the recalled battery packs include one fire and two reports of property damage, as well as one consumer who claimed to feel ill after breathing in fumes from their overheated battery pack. No injuries or deaths have been reported as this time.
Sold for between $200 and $400, the recalled battery packs were sold from March 2010 through November 2013 at REI and other sporting goods stores nationwide. The battery packs were manufactured in China.
Goal Zero and CPSC are asking owners of the recalled rechargeable battery packs to cease using the device until they have contacted Goal Zero and received their free replacement battery pack.
For more information on this recall and how to obtain your free replacement battery pack, contact Goal Zero toll-free at 877-897-3193 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.goalzero.com and click on “Product Notifications” for more information.