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

Company Columbia Sportswear Company, of Portland, Ore.
Alert Type Recall
Date 01/09/2013
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(tm)" 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(tm) Jacket (SM7864) and Circuit Breaker(tm) Softshell (SM7855) Fall 2011 Womens: Circuit Breaker(tm) Softshell (SL7856); Snow Hottie(tm) Jacket (SL7866), and Snow Hottie(tm) Parka (SL7853). Sold at: The recalled battery packs were sold with Columbia electric jackets sold by Columbia online and at Columbia Sportswear stores between September and November 2012 for about $260.
Problem The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
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