EE has issued a recall for its Power Bar smartphone chargers after several incidents of units catching fire and causing injury.
A note on the EE community forums confirmed that any model from the batch labelled E1-06 pose a “fire safety risk” and should be returned to an EE shop as soon as possible.
"We have identified a very small number of incidents where Power Bars have overheated, all of which relate to batch number E1-06, and could pose a fire safety risk," the firm said.
“It is our intention to replace these chargers once we have completed our investigations. We will be in touch once these have been concluded. We're really sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."
The image below shows how to determine whether your Power Bar is one of the affected batch.
The firm also took to Twitter to warn of the risks.
Safety issue: In some rare cases EE Power Bars marked E1-06 have been overheating. Find out what to do with yours at http://t.co/1lpQQGaBSs— EE (@EE) August 5, 2015
EE said that no other production batches of the Power Bar are thought to be affected by the fault.
The recall means that the ‘swap’ feature of the Power Bar programme, where users can hand in a depleted Power Bar for a fully charged one at any EE shop, has been suspended.
The first report of the problems with the Power Bars came in July when a student from Aberdeen woke to find the device on fire underneath her bed, as she explained to the BBC.
"There was soot all over the carpet. At that point I was, like, 'Oh my God something has exploded' so I got out of my bed," she said.
"The yellow wire was still on my desk, but I looked down and there were flames underneath my bed, so I grabbed my bed and lifted it up. I was screaming for my mum to come through at this point and trying to get the flames out with my hands.”
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