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Columbia Sportswear Reannounces Its Recall Of Batteries Sold With Jackets Due To Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Recall Summary

Name of product: Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries

Hazard: The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately check the battery packs included with the electric jacket to determine if they are part of the recall. Those with affected batteries should immediately remove the affected battery pack(s) from the jacket and contact Columbia Sportswear for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: Columbia Sportswear Company at (800) 622-6953 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, by email at Columbia@custhelp.com, or visit the firm's website at www.Columbia.com/Recall .

Firm's Media Contact: (503) 985-4584

Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13089.html?tab=recalls.

Recall Details

Units: About 66 batteries - 33 jackets with two battery packs each (About 440 batteries - 220 jackets with two battery packs each were recalled in November 2011.)

Description: This recall involves battery packs that power heating systems in jackets. The black battery packs are 3.25 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.7 inches deep and marked with " Columbia" on the top and "OMNI-HEAT™" on the bottom of the pack. Part number 054978-001 is printed on the side of the battery label.

Two battery packs were included with styles from: Fall 2011 Mens:  Electro Amp™ Jacket (SM7864) and Circuit Breaker™ Softshell (SM7855) Fall 2011 Womens: Circuit Breaker™ Softshell (SL7856); Snow Hottie™ Jacket (SL7866), and Snow Hottie™ Parka (SL7853)

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received one report of an overheating battery in Europe. No incidents or injuries were reported in the U.S.

Sold at:  The recalled battery packs were sold with Columbia electric jackets sold by Columbia online and at Columbia Sportswear stores in the cities and states listed below between September and November 2012 for about $260.

The nine Columbia Sportswear outlets that carried the jackets with battery packs are located in:

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