More than 120,000 Energizer battery chargers for Xbox One controllers have been recalled, following at least two dozen reports involving overheating, which may damage the gaming controls and pose a burn hazard for consumers.
The Energizer Xbox One 2X Smart Chargers recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 14, warning that owners should stop using the product and unplug them.
Although no reports of injury have been received, at least 24 consumers complained that the recalled XBox One battery chargers overheated and deformed the rear plastic cover, and six involved reports that the chargers began to emit a burning odor.
If the chargers are left plugged in and unsupervised, they may overheat and cause property damage, or potentially start a house fire.
The recall includes Energizer Xbox One 2X Smart Chargers that are used to charge and extend the battery life of Xbox One controllers. The chargers are made of a black plastic and measure about 3.5 inches long by 5 inches wide by 11 inches tall and hold up to two Xbox controllers. The recalled chargers are marked with item number 048-052-NA, which can be found on the bottom of the chargers.
According to the CPSC, an estimated 121,000 were sold throughout the United States and an additional 7,250 were sold in Canada, and another 2,560 were distributed for sale in Mexico.
The chargers were manufactured in China under Performance Designed Products, LLC, of Burbank, California where they were sold at Best Buy, GameStop, and various other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other online retailers from February 2016 through February 2017 for about $40.
Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled battery chargers immediately and contact Performance Designed Products at 800-263-1156 or visit them online at www.pdp.com and navigate to the “Safety Recall” link for information on how to return the products for a full refund.