Most people have thumb drives, right? It is the perfect medium for transferring files around quickly. It's much quicker than a CD and way better than some old floppy disc. Well, some Lexar drives are being recalled by the US CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) as they can overheat and cause potential problems.
None of the suspect drives have burst into flames yet, and no one has been hurt, but it is some matter for concern. There were some 66,000 Firefly drives sold through web stores and retail outlets between April and May of this year. Also, the JumpDrive Secure II 1GB drive was sold through Fry's Electronics, another pyrotechnic suspect.
Consumers who have purchased these drives are encouraged to stop using the drives immediately and contact Lexar for a replacement. Take your files off it first, having a fire extinguisher handy just in case. Furthermore, consumers can read the CPSC advice report here.
On a closing note, I can attest as to how my own 1GB Kingston Data Traveler II Plus thumb drive does get warm, but has never entered meltdown stage. In fact, take a quick look at the OCZ Mini-Kart thumb drive we recently reviewed. It's a very nice drive and never really got that warm.