Columbia Sportswear Company, of Portland, Ore., has recalled seven models of men’s and women’s 2012 Columbia Omni-Heat™ electric heated jackets. They are polyester and have the Columbia name printed on the front upper left side. The jackets have two battery packs located in inner pouches. Jackets with the following names and style numbers are being recalled:
Circuit Breaker™ II Jacket SM7051
Electro AMP™ Jacket SM7061
Electro™ Interchange Jacket SM7886
Electric Big Game™ Interchange Jacket HM7198
Circuit Breaker™ II Jacket SL7022
Electro AMP™ Jacket SL7021
Electro™ Interchange Jacket SL7885
The style number can be found on both the large white care label and the small white security tag sewn into the left inside seam of the jacket. The jackets were sold at Bass Pro Outdoor World, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other major retailers and sporting or outdoor stores nationwide; and online at Amazon.com and Columbia.com from May 2012 to January 2013 for between $250 and $1,200.
Incidents of jacket wrist cuffs overheating were reported in the U.S. The firm said it received reports of one incident in Europe and one in Canada, but that no injuries were reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the heated jackets and check the style number to determine if they are part of the recall. Those with recalled jackets should disconnect both batteries from the electrical connections inside the battery pouches and contact Columbia Sportswear for a full refund with proof of purchase. The Firm’s Media Contact can be reached at (503) 985-4584.
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