Xbox One Energizer 2X Smart Chargers Recalled Over Burn HazardBy Mark Spencer, UniversityHerald Reporter
A third-party Xbox One controller charger has been recalled due to reported cases of the device being a burn hazard.
The Energizer-branded charger for gaming consoles made by Performance Designed Products (PDP) has voluntarily recalled all of its Xbox One 2X Smart Chargers after receiving multiple reports of the charging units overheating that poses a threat to users as a burning hazard. Users who have said units are advised to immediately cease using the controller charger immediately.
According to a notice posted with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Performance Designed Products reported receiving 24 reports of the said chargers overheating, causing its plastic cover to deform due to generated heat. There were also additional reports that six of the chargers has emitted a burning odor. Fortunately, there were no reports of fire or injuries caused by the devices malfunction, GameSpot reported.
The voluntary recall encompasses 121,000 units sold in the United States, 7,250 in Canada and 2,560 sold in Mexico, from February 2016 to February 2017. The said chargers are pretty much sold everywhere, and from major retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and more, for almost $40.
PDP informs customers that there are variants of the charging unit that all look rather similar. Accordingly, Amazon is still selling a slightly different version of the recalled product. The said chargers can hold up to two Xbox One game controllers, can be identified by customers by its serial number 048-052-NA printed at the bottom of the device, according to The Verge.
Users who have the recalled serials should immediately cease using the product and promptly return the recalled charging stations to PDP for a full refund, as stipulated in the safety recall post on the company's website. Performance Designed Products can be reached by phone (800-263-1156) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday.
PDP also makes a similar charger for Sony's PlayStation controllers, but they are not part of this recall.