Mobile Power Packs Recalled By Tumi Due to Fire Hazard

March 17, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Tumi, announced a voluntary recall of about 5,000 Tumi Mobile Power Packs. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The lithium-ion cells used in the Mobile Power Pack can ignite or explode while charging, posing a fire hazard. This hazard is only present for units that have not been charged. There were two reports of consumers experiencing small fires during their initial charge. No injuries were reported.

The recalled Mobile Power Pack, manufactured in China, is a mobile device that receives an ac charge in a compact battery pack that will then give five dc charges to small electronic devices including mobile phones, MP-3 players, Blackberries, and PDAs. Style number 14362 is printed on the power pack packaging.

If the unit has not been used and has never been charged, it is advised not to try to charge. Contact Tumi customer care for instructions on how to return the power pack and receive a free replacement power pack. If you have charged the unit previously without incident, you can continue to use the product.

The power packs were sold by Tumi from August 2007 through March 2008.