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Columbia Sportswear Recalls Omni-Heat Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries

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The second week of November, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Columbia Sportswear Company, of Portland, Ore., recalled 220 Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries. The batteries are used with the Omni-Heat™ Electric jacket styles: Omni-Heat™ Electric Wader Widgeon, Omni-Heat™ Electric Big Game and Omni-Heat™ Gale Warning Interchange.

The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard. The firm has reported one overheating incident. 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: 054978-001" is printed on the side label.

This jackets were sold by Columbia online retail for $79. The recalled battery packs were included with the jackets sold by Columbia online retail and outdoor and sporting goods dealers nationwide from July 2011 to September 2011 from $900 to $1200.. The products were made in China.

Consumers should immediately remove the battery pack from the jacket and contact the firm for instructions to return both battery packs to Columbia for free replacements. Columbia can be contacted at (800) 622-6953 or visit the firm’s website at www.Columbia.com/Recall.

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.