COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR RECALLS SEVEN STYLES OF HEATED JACKETS

February 1, 2013

gavel.jpgColumbia, the once reliable sportswear company, recently recalled 7 styles of its heated jackets. About 9,600 jackets were sold in the U.S. and 640 were sold in Canada. While there were no reported incidents of the jackets overheating in the United States, the firm received reports of one incident in Europe and one in Canada. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The voluntary recall encompassed both men's (Circuit Breaker 2 Jacket, Electro AMP Jacket, Electro Interchange Jacket, and Electric Big Game Interchange Jacket), and women's (Circuit Breaker 2 Jacket, Electro AMP Jacket, Electro Interchange Jacket) styles. Major retailers (e.g. Bass Pro Outdoor World), sporting stores (e.g. Dick's Sporting Goods), online stores (e.g. Amazon.com), Columbia retail stores, and Columbia.com sold these jackets worldwide from May 2012 to January 2013 for between $250 and $1,200. The jackets were manufactured in China.

Consumers should no longer use this product unless otherwise instructed. Moreover, the resale or attempt of resale of recalled consumer products is strictly illegal.

The burn hazard of Columbia's Heated Jackets can be found in the heated inner wrist cuffs. The jackets are polyester and have the Columbia name on the front upper left corner. The recalled jackets contain two battery packs located in the inner pouches. The style numbers can be found on the large white care label as well as the small white security tag on the left inside seam of the jacket.

Consumers of this product can redeem a full refund with proof of purchase and a partial refund without proof of purchase. Consumers are highly encouraged to verify the style number to determine if their jacket is included in the recall. Consumers with recalled jackets are advised to remove both batteries from the electrical connections inside the battery pouches and contact Columbia for a refund.

If your jacket is included in this recall, please contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as they are still interested in receiving incident or injury reports related to this product. You may describe your experience with Columbia's Heated Jacket at SaferProducts.gov.

CPSC serves to protect the public from risks of injury or deaths associated with the use of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Other products the CPSC aims to protect consumers from include toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals. The efforts of CPSC have decreased the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

If you would like to report a product-related injury, visit SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Product safety information can be found at www.cpsc.gov.