Costco Urgently Recalls Half a Million Portable Chargers After Homes Catch Fire

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 22, 2024

Costco is recalling 567,000 myCharge POWER HUB All-In-One 10,000mAh portable chargers due to a severe overheating issue that could lead to fires. 

These $40 devices were sold exclusively at Costco and are now considered a safety risk.

Overheating Alert Issued by Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has flagged these portable chargers as a serious fire hazard.

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This is after receiving more than 100 reports of the devices overheating, causing damage and potential danger.


Specific Models Identified as Risks

Three models of the myCharge POWER HUB All-In-One 10,000mAh have been identified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission as posing significant risks. 

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Their overheating issues have led to a full recall to mitigate any further risk to consumers.

Why They're Overheating

Investigations have shown that these chargers can overheat during the charging process. 

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This defect prompted Costco to take swift action, removing these products from their shelves to prevent any accidents.

Tracking Down the Source

These problematic chargers were manufactured in China and brought to the U.S. market by RFA Brands LLC of Birmingham, Mich.

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Understanding where these products come from helps trace the issue back to its origins.

Awaiting Official Statements

Neither RFA Brands LLC nor Costco has made an official statement about the recall as of yet. 

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The issue is under ongoing investigation, with both companies expected to address the public as they work through the ramifications of this recall.


Real Consequences: Fires and Damages

The overheating issue has already had devastating effects. “In two instances, the chargers caught fire, which then spread throughout the homes — resulting in cumulative property damage totaling around $165,000,” reported the commission.

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This illustrates the serious threat posed by these faulty products.


What Customers Have Said

Feedback from users has been alarming. “Costco received 115 returns of the portable chargers mentioning melting, expanding, smoking, fire, burning, exploding, or sparking,” according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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These firsthand accounts were crucial in the decision to recall.


Fortunately, No Injuries

Despite this problem, luckily no one was injured.

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It seems fortune favors the cautious this time, but it’s a stark reminder of why recalls are crucial.


Need a Replacement?

If you own one of these charges, don’t just toss it in the trash.

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Costco is urging all customers to visit the recall page and secure a safer replacement.


Special Disposal Instructions

The recalled chargers should not be discarded in regular trash or recycling bins. 

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“These potentially hazardous batteries must be handled differently than other batteries,” the commission has warned. Proper disposal is crucial to avoid environmental damage or safety issues.


Dispose of Them Correctly

For safe disposal, follow your local and state guidelines, especially those concerning damaged, defective, or recalled lithium batteries. 

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“The batteries should be disposed of in accordance with any local and state ordinances, following the procedures established by your municipal recycling center for damaged/defective/recalled lithium batteries,” the commission emphasizes. This helps ensure these hazardous materials are handled responsibly.