DETROIT (AP/CBS Detroit) – Take a second to check your phone charger.
Almost 100,000 mobile phone chargers sold at discount retailer Five Below are being recalled after complaints of melted parts, smoking, leaking batteries and fire.
The items, branded as the “Vibe USB Mobile Power Bar” — made by DGL in China —were sold for $5 each between January and March of this year.
The rectangular bars, which were sold in black, white, blue, green, pink and purple, are used to charge phones and other small electronics. The rectangular-shaped bars measure one square inch by three inches long and have a cord with key ring attached at the end. The words “Power Bank” are written on one side of the charger.
There have been six reports of incidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said, which have led to bursting power bars and minor property damage; but no injuries have been reported.
The CPSC said people who own the device should immediately stop using it, unplug it from the electrical outlet and return it for a full refund and a $5 coupon towards another purchase at Five Below.
For information, call the DGL Group by calling 888-456-4251 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit dglusa.com and click on “Safety Recall.”
Five Below, which is based in Philadelphia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company has 304 stores around the country.
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