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iPhone and iPod battery cases recalled due to burn injuries and fire hazard

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued two recalls yesterday of battery cases for Apple’s popular iPhone and iPod products after reports the cases can overheat, posing a burn and fire hazard.

Best Buy Co. is recalling 32,000 Rocketfish™ Model RF-KL12 Mobile Battery Cases sold for use with the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

There have been fourteen reports of the product overheating. Four incidences involved minor property damage and three resulted in minor burns to consumers.

These Rocketfish cases are made of a black rubberized material and have a built in battery. Consumers can identify the recalled cases by locating the model number “RF-KL12” printed in white on the inner surface of the case, on the front of the original packaging or on the packaging barcode.

Best Buy imported these cases and sold them from April 2010 through September 2011 at Best Buy stores across the U.S., Future Shop and Best Buy stores in Canada, and on the internet.

Consumers should stop using these Rocketfish cases immediately and contact Best Buy at (800) 917-5737 or visit www.bestbuy.com (US) or www.bestbuy.ca or www.futureshop.ca (Canada). Consumers that return the defective Rocketfish case will receive a Best Buy gift card for $70 in U.S. or $105 in Canada.

The second recall announced is for 6,118 units of the Mophie Juice Pack Air™ rechargeable external battery case for the iPod Touch 4G. This is a plastic case with a built in lithium polymer battery that snaps onto the back of the iPod Touch 4G music player. These battery cases came in red, blue and black colors.

According to the CPSC release, battery case’s integrated circuit switch can overheat.

Importer Mophie LLC has received 110 reports of the unit becoming warm to the touch. In 44 other reports, overheating caused deformation of the case. There are nine reports of consumers suffering minor burns.

The retailers B& H Photo, Barnes & Noble, InMotion Entertainment, J&R Music World, Marine Corps Exchange stores, Amazon.com and mophie.com sold these battery cases since April 2011 for about $50.

Consumers can identify the recalled units by locating the serial number inside the product housing. Recalled units have the first five alphanumeric characters of TR113 through TR120.

The manufacturer advises to stop using this recalled battery case and call (877) 308-4581 or visit www.mophie.com/exchange to receive a replacement.