Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries have been recalled by Columbia. The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard. 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). 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.
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. 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. Call Columbia Sportswear Company at (800) 622-6953 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, by email at Columbia@custhelp.com, or visit its website at www.Columbia.com/Recall.