While having a flash drive crap out on your isn’t completely out of the ordinary, having one catch fire is. It seems that a bad batch of JumpDrives from Lexar are prone to overheating, “posing a risk of burns to consumers and property damage.” As such, the portable storage solution maker is recalling no fewer than 66,000 of the defective units.
The 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB versions of the JumpDrive FireFly (how ironic) and the 1GB variety of the JumpDrive Secure II are affected. Of course, not all of these thumb drives are prone to combustion: just a series that was sold between April and May of this year. Check out this link from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for a list of specific serial numbers are being recalled.
No injuries have been reported to date, but they are telling affected owners to cease using their faulty JumpDrives immediately. Of course, Lexar will gladly replace your thumb drive free of charge.