Wednesday, March 15, 2017

RECALL: Xbox One controller charging station is a burn hazard and has severe over heating issues

PDP makes pretty great Energizer-branded recharging stations for console game controllers, but even certified accessories can run into problems. Today the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of the Xbox One 2X Smart Charger, which was sold at pretty much every major retailer — Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, etc. — until just last month. The recall includes approximately 121,000 units sold in the United States, plus 7,250 in Canada and 2,560 in Mexico.

There have been 24 reports of “the chargers overheating and deforming the charger’s plastic cover, including 6 reports of chargers emitting a burning odor.” Thankfully no injuries have been reported so far.

There are a few variants of this product that all look rather similar. Amazon is still selling this slightly different version, for example. PDP says that customers should look for 048-052-NA printed on the bottom of the charging station to see if they’ve got a recalled unit. Newegg is still listing the faulty Smart Charger, and I see plenty of them on eBay.

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