Mophie and Best Buy recall iPhone, iPod touch battery cases over fire fears
We’ve just recently heard a couple of reports about iPhones catching fire - one on board an airplane flying to Sydney, and another one in Brazil, and now overheating concerns have caused Mophie and Best Buy to recall battery packs for the iPhone and iPod touch. Two external battery cases were recalled complying with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The CPSC has documented nine cases of minor burns to users, 44 issues with the case getting deformed from heat and 110 reports about excessive warming. The reason could be in a faulty integrated circuit causing overheating. Mophie has recalled 6,118 Mophie Juice Pack Airs for the iPod touch 4th gen.
But the issue is of much higher proportions over at Best Buy where 32,000 external battery packs selling under the Rocketfish brand. The cases were sold for nearly a year and a half from April 2010 to September 2011. And again, the CPSC has recorded three cases of direct burns and four with property damage, with total number of overheating-related issues standing at 14. The cases have been sold in US and Canadian Best Buy stores.
For Mophie, serial numbers of Juice Pack Airs between TR113XXXXX-XX - TR120XXXXX-XX might be affected and qualify for a replacement. Best Buy will offer a $70 gift card for those qualifying for the recall, while in Canada the sum amounts to $150.