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Recall Corner: iPhone, iPod battery cases warm to their task

mophie-recall.jpgA couple of iPhone and iPod battery chargers find themselves in the last Recall Corner before Christmas. Not quite Apple accessories ‘warming themselves into an open fire’, but the overheating hazard is enough for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada to issue recalls…

First up is the Mophie iPod Touch Rechargeable External Battery. The company has received 110 reports of the product becoming warm to the touch, with 44 reports of the product becoming deformed, and nine reports of minor burns.

The hazard? “The battery case’s integrated circuit switch can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers,” says the CPSC.

The case is pictured below, and affected consumers should visit the company’s website at www.mophie.com/exchange

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Also subject to a recall by Health Canada and the CPSC is the Rocketfish Model RF-KL12 Mobile Battery Cases for iPhone 3G and 3GS (see below).

rocketfish.jpg“The battery case can overheat while charging, posing a fire hazard,” says the CPSC, and the company has received a small number of reports of the battery cases overheating, including three reports of minor burns to consumers and four reports of minor property damage… The products were sold from April 2010 to September 2011 in Canada and the United States.

Full information on the recall is available from Health Canada.

Both products were manufactured in China.

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