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Technology Amazon recalls power banks due to fire, chemical burn hazards

23:51  13 march  2018
23:51  13 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Amazon.com Inc has recalled some of its portable chargers in the United States following reports of overheating and fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Tuesday.

The watchdog for safety and quality of consumer products in the United States said about 260,000 units of six kinds of power banks - manufactured in China by Guoguang Electric Co Ltd for Amazon's 'Basics' lineup - were part of the recall.

Amazon has received 53 reports of these power banks overheating, which include incidents of battery acid burns and property damage from fire.

The CPSC statement added that Amazon is in contact with users who have purchased these items.

Amazon was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

6 dead, 2 hurt in Czech chemical factory explosion .
<p>An explosion rocked a chemical factory Thursday in the Czech Republic, killing six people and injuring two others, officials said.</p>Unipetrol, a Czech oil processor and plastics producer, said the blast took place inside one of the storage tank for fuels and additives in its refinery in the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou, 10 miles north of the capital, Prague.

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