Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply Unit Recalled – Fire Hazard
Whistler is recalling their Jump&Go Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply units for the battery overheating, often causing the units to melt and catch fire.
About the Power Supply Unit Recall
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Whistler have recalled their portable jumpstart units after it became clear that they were overheating and causing fires.
No injuries have been reported, but there have been 45 reports of the units melting and 18 reports of fire, resulting in approximately $16,000 in property damage. Whistler will be recalling about 10,400 units.
CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the recalled unit and contact Whistler for a free replacement. Shipping will be included.
Description of Recalled Power Supply Units
- This recall involves units with model numbers starting with WJS-3000 and has date codes in YYYY/WW format from 201404 through 201439.
- The model number and date code are on the back of the unit under the colored silicone boot. The date code is stamped directly on the case adjacent to the operational label.
- The model number is on the operational label. Units that have a serial number on the operation label are not included in this recall.
- The units stand 5.1 inches tall x 3 inches wide x 0.9 inches deep; and were sold in black, pink, red and yellow.
- The units include detachable jumper cables, built-in high output LED flashlight with emergency flashing patterns, and a USB port to charge electronic devices such as phones, tablets and cameras.
- The Jump&Go and Whistler logos are printed on the front of the unit.
- The units are sold at retail stores nationwide such as Hammacher Schlemmer, Radio Shack and Walmart; and online at Amazon.com, Sears.com and Staples.com from May 2014 to October 2014 for between $60 and $120.
- The units are imported from The Whistler Group Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
- The units are manufactured in China.