Federal Regulators Investigating AmazonBasics Products Over Safety Concerns

A US regulator is investigating the safety of several Amazon-branded products, CNN reported Monday.

At least eight AmazonBasics products — including a battery charger, surge protectors, phone charging cords, a patio heater, and a voice-controlled microwave — are being reviewed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the outlet said, citing interviews and public records.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment. A representative for the CPSC declined to confirm the existence of the investigation or say how many products are under review, telling Insider the agency cannot comment on investigations.

A September 2020 CNN investigation found that more than 70 AmazonBasics products had hundreds of reviews stating that they had caught fire, melted, began smoking, or exploded. Many of those products were still available to purchase at the time of CNN’s report, despite the numerous reports that could pose a safety hazard.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Tim Levin