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Basecamp Ama Dablam

A 25-second exposure in Ama Dablam basecamp, Nepal. A steep ascent, the peak is 5,563m (18,251 ft).

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UCO Arka LED Lantern Recall

Recalled UCO Arka LED LanternUCO Arka LED Lanterns have been recalled. The lantern's wall charger plug can fail during normal use, posing a fire hazard. The lanterns were sold exclusively at REI stores and online from April to May of 2013. Users can contact REI for a replacement plug.

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Recall Date: July 17, 2013
Recall Number: 13-239

Industrial Revolution Recalls LED Lanterns Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at REI Stores

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: UCO Arka LED lanterns

Hazard: The lantern's wall charger plug can fail during normal use, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the chargers, unplug them and contact REI to receive a free replacement charger plug. REI is contacting customers directly.

Consumer Contact: Industrial Revolution toll-free at (888) 297-6062 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT, or online then click on "news" at the bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 2,300

Description: The recalled UCO Arka LED lantern can be used as a flashlight, a lantern or a USB charger. It has a red cap around the flashlight lens, a collapsible clear plastic lantern top and a black base with red extendable feet. It comes with a rechargeable 3.7V 4Ah Lithium-ion battery, a USB cable and a wall charger. The lantern is 7.7 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter. It collapses to 5.25 inches tall when closed. "UCO" and an image of a flame are printed in red on the base. There are two USB ports (USB-A and USB-mini) under recessed caps on the base of the lantern, just above the red ring at the bottom. The wall charger is a one-inch black plastic cube with a white-faced plug. Model number "A1265"is printed above the plug's prongs and a small green dot appears below on the lower corner.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Sold exclusively at: REI stores nationwide and online from April to May 2013 for about $70.

Importer: Industrial Revolution Inc., of Tukwila, Wash.
Distributor: REI, of Kent, Wash.
Manufactured in: China


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OSI Staff

on 7/17/13


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