Baseus Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Banks Recalled Over Fire Hazard

Baseus Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Banks Recalled After It Was Discovered They Can Overheat and Catch Fire

Baseus Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Banks Recalled Over Fire Hazard

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (June 28, 2024) – A recall has been issued for Baseus Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Banks because they can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

The recall date was listed as June 27, 2024 and about 132,000 units were sold. The Baseus Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Banks are powered by lithium-ion batteries.

Baseus has said that they are aware of 171 incidents, including 39 reports of fires, resulting in 13 burn injuries. Affected units were sold through Amazon, AliExpress, and Baseus’s website.

The model numbers for the affected units are PPCXM06 and PPCXW06. They come in several colors including white, black, light blue, and light pink.

Liability For Lithium-Ion Battery Fires

Lithium-ion batteries are extremely common and are used in billions of pieces of consumer electronics. But these batteries can also pose a fire hazard. According to USA Fire Protection, “at least 25,000 fire or overheating incidents in lithium-ion batteries occurred in a five-year period. Furthermore, heat, smoke, toxic gases, and the potential for explosions are all dangers associated with lithium-ion battery fires.” In New York alone, 17 people died from lithium-ion battery fires in 2023. There may be a number of issues with lithium-ion batteries that could contribute to a fire.

  • Thermal Runway: When a lithium-ion cell’s temperature increases beyond a certain point, this can lead to a self-sustained chain reaction that may result in a fire.
  • Short Circuit: When a battery’s positive and negative terminals come into direct contact, this can lead to a rapid discharge of energy.
  • Physical Damage: Damage to a battery, such as punctures, can lead to short circuits and thermal runway.
  • Manufacturing Defects: Any flaw during the manufacturing process of lithium-ion batteries can cause overheating and fires. Defects can include impurities in the cell material.

Companies that manufacture consumer goods that use lithium-ion batteries could be liable if their products cause a fire. Every company has a legal obligation to ensure that the products that they sell are reasonably safe. To that end, companies must ensure that their products comply with all safety standards set by regulatory agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission. When a company creates lithium-ion batteries with design defects, they could be held strictly liable for any resulting injuries. It is important that certain steps be taken after any incident involving a defective battery.

  • The battery involved in the incident should be preserved, if possible.
  • Medical records related to any injuries should be kept.
  • A police report of the incident should be created.
  • A thorough investigation should be conducted.
  • An experienced product liability attorney should be contacted.

Many of the batteries with problems come from overseas manufacturers, where safety standards may not be as strict. It is very common for companies to cut corners in terms of safety in order to create cheaper products. This can create a race to the bottom where numerous businesses begin to overlook major safety concerns. It is important for consumers to understand that they do have rights. Any person injured in a fire caused by defective batteries may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

Getting Legal Help After Lithium-Ion Battery Fires

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates were deeply concerned to hear about the issues with the Baseus Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Banks. These power banks represent a serious hazard to the public. More needs to be done in order to ensure that consumers are protected against dangerous products in the first place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured by the Baseus Magnetic Wireless Charging Power Banks? You may have legal recourse. Our team of product liability attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.