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Costco recalls Ubio Labs power banks due to fire hazard; caught fire on commercial flight

Costco is recalling about 350,000 Ubio Labs power banks due to a fire hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recalled power banks can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard.

This recall involves Ubio Labs power banks, sold in either a pack of one or a pack of two. The recalled power banks are black and have the model number PWB1071 printed on the back.  The Costco item number is printed on the package. The item number for the single pack is 1314518, and the item number for the two-pack is 1265470.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled power banks and contact Costco for a full refund. Ubio Labs is no longer in operation. Costco has contacted all known purchasers directly.

Costco has received three reports of fire, including one report of fire on a commercial flight resulting in four reports of smoke inhalation and one report of a minor burn injury to passengers.

The power banks were sold at Costco stores nationwide and online at www.costco.com from March 2019 through December 2020 for the 1-pack for about $32 and from September 2018 through December 2020 for the 2-pack for about $40.

Consumers can contact Costco at 800-774-2678 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT Saturday through Sunday, by live chat at https://customerservice.costco.com/ from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT Saturday through Sunday, or online at https://www.costco.com/recalls.html or www.costco.com and click on Recalls & Product Notices at the bottom of the page for more information.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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