The affected merchandise embrace USB charging cables, battery chargers, workplace tools and different cheap equipment. One significantly problematic product, based on CNN, was a voice-enabled microwave that “started sparking and smoking” as quickly because it was turned on by researchers tapped by CNN to analyze the product.
CNN notes that in some instances the product in query wasn’t even getting used when it caught hearth or appeared to overheat. The supply of the problems wasn’t instantly clear. However for some merchandise the issues have been widespread sufficient that they have been reported by dozens of people that purchased the identical merchandise.
Amazon has since discontinued a number of the merchandise recognized by CNN, however continues to promote different objects named within the report — even after a number of clients say the product melted, sparked or in any other case posed a security hazard.
In a press release, an Amazon spokesperson mentioned “security is a high precedence,” and the corporate is “assured that the AmazonBasics Microwave is protected to make use of.” “The equipment continues to satisfy or exceed all certification necessities established by the FDA, UL, FCC, Prop 65, and others for security and performance,” the spokesperson mentioned. Amazon additionally pointed to a current weblog submit in regards to the security of AmazonBasics.