Columbia Sportswear recalls 2012 Omni-Heat jackets due to possible burn hazard

Columbia Sportswear, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued a voluntary recall late Tuesday for its 2012 Omni-Heat electric jackets, stating that “the heated inner wrist cuff can overheat, posing a burn hazard.”
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Columbia Sportswear, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued a voluntary recall late Tuesday for its 2012 Omni-Heat electric jackets, stating that “the heated inner wrist cuff can overheat, posing a burn hazard.”

“No incidents of jacket wrist cuffs overheating were reported in the United States,” federal officials said. “The firm received reports of one incident in Europe and one in Canada. No injuries were reported.”

The recall involves about 9,600 men’s and women’s jackets in the United States and 640 in Canada sold between May 2012 and January 2013 under the following 2012 Columbia Omni-Heat styles:

>> Men’s Circuit Breaker II Jacket - SM7051
>> Men’s Electro AMP Jacket - SM7061
>> Men’s Electro Interchange Jacket - SM7886
>> Men’s Electric Big Game Interchange Jacket - HM7198
>> Women’s Circuit Breaker™ II Jacket - SL7022
>> Women’s Electro AMP Jacket - SL7021
>> Women’s Electro Interchange Jacket - SL7885

Retailers and consumers with the 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, officials said.

This isn't the first recall for the Omni-Heat electric technology, although it's the largest and first time entire jackets have had to be recalled. In late 2012, Columbia issued a recall for Omni-Heat's battery packs, which posed a risk of overheating and causing a fire. In mid 2011, a similar recall went out for the battery packs.

Update: On Wednesday, Columbia officials told SNEWS, the company will susped the entire future Omni-Heat Electric program. Click here to read more.

--David Clucas

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