Costco Recalls Ubio Labs Power Banks Due to Fire Hazard; Caught Fire on Commercial Flight (Recall Alert)
This recall involves Ubio Labs power banks, sold in either a pack of one or a pack of two. The recalled power banks are black and have the model number PWB1071 printed on the back. The Costco item number is printed on the package. The item number for the single pack is 1314518, and the item number for the two-pack is 1265470.
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Potential Risks or Issues
- The recalled power banks can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard.
Has Anyone Been Injured?
- Costco has received three reports of fire, including one report of fire on a commercial flight resulting in four reports of smoke inhalation and one report of a minor burn injury to passengers.
About the Recall
This recall is being conducted due to the potential fire hazard posed by the Ubio Labs power banks. The power banks have the potential to overheat and ignite, which can result in fires. Costco has received reports of fires, including one incident on a commercial flight that led to smoke inhalation and a minor burn injury. As a result, consumers are advised to stop using the recalled power banks immediately.
Where to Find Unique Identification of this Product
The recalled power banks can be identified by the model number PWB1071 printed on the back. Additionally, the Costco item number is printed on the package. The item number for the single pack is 1314518, and the item number for the two-pack is 1265470.
How Many Units Are Affected?
About 350,000 units of the Ubio Labs power banks are affected by this recall.
Affected Batch/Date Range
The affected power banks were sold from March 2019 through December 2020 for the single pack, and from September 2018 through December 2020 for the two-pack.
Who is the Distributor(s)?
The distributor of the recalled power banks is Costco Wholesale Corp., based in Issaquah, Washington.
Places Where Recalled Product was Sold
The recalled power banks were sold at Costco stores nationwide and online at www.costco.com.
Where was This Manufactured?
The recalled power banks were manufactured in China.
Actions for Consumers
Consumers who have purchased the recalled power banks should immediately stop using them. They are advised to contact Costco for a full refund. It is important to note that Ubio Labs, the manufacturer of the power banks, is no longer in operation. Costco has already reached out to known purchasers directly.
Consumers should contact Costco at 800-774-2678 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT Saturday through Sunday for more information on how to obtain a full refund. Alternatively, they can reach out to Costco through their live chat service at https://customerservice.costco.com/ from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT Saturday through Sunday. Additional information can also be found on Costco’s website at https://www.costco.com/recalls.html or www.costco.com by clicking on “Recalls & Product Notices” at the bottom of the page.
For additional information about this recall, consumers can visit the official recall page provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission here.
This recall is being conducted in compliance with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s regulations.
How Can I Protect Myself From Falling Victim?
To protect yourself from falling victim to this recall, check your power banks for the model number PWB1071 and compare it to the recalled product. If you have purchased the recalled power banks, stop using them immediately and follow the remedy process outlined by Costco to obtain a full refund.
This recall highlights the importance of product safety and the potential risks associated with faulty electronic devices. It is crucial for consumers to stay informed about product recalls and take appropriate actions to ensure their safety and well-being.