Columbia Sportswear of Portland, OR, is recalling about 66 Omni-Heat lithium-polymer rechargeable batteries (33 jackets with two battery packs each).
The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard. The company has received one report of an overheating battery in Europe. No incidents or injuries are reported in the U.S.
This recall involves battery packs that power heating systems in jackets. The black battery packs are 3.25 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.7 inches deep and marked with "Columbia" on the top and "OMNI-HEAT" on the bottom of the pack. Part number 054978-001 is printed on the side of the battery label.
Two battery packs were included with styles from:
- Fall 2011 Mens: Electro Amp Jacket (SM7864) and Circuit Breaker Softshell (SM7855)
- Fall 2011 Womens: Circuit Breaker Softshell (SL7856); Snow Hottie Jacket (SL7866), and Snow Hottie™ Parka (SL7853)
The recalled battery packs, manufactured in China, were sold with Columbia electric jackets by Columbia online and at Columbia Sportswear stores in the cities and states listed below between September and November 2012 for about $260:
- Sunrise, Fla. 33304
- Wrentham, Mass. 02093
- Birch Run, Mich. 48415-9496
- Albertville, Minn. 55301
- Central Valley, N.Y. 10917
- Las Vegas, Nev. 89106
- Grove City, Penn. 16127
- Park City, Utah 84098
- Pleasant Prairie, Wis. 53158-1705
Consumers should immediately check the battery packs included with the electric jacket to determine if they are part of the recall. Those with affected batteries should immediately remove the affected battery pack(s) from the jacket and contact Columbia Sportswear for a free replacement.
Consumers may contact Columbia Sportswear at (800) 622-6953 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, or by email at Columbia@custhelp.com.