Beats Pill XL Speaker Recall Issued Due to Risk of Overheating, Burns, Fire
More than 230,000 Beats Pill portable wireless speakers are being recalled after the manufacturer received multiple consumer complaints indicating the speaker battery’s overheated, resulting in at least one burn injury and another report of property damage.
The Beats Pill XL speaker recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on June 3, following at least eight reports of the speaker battery overheating and causing property damage to a desk the speaker was placed on and one injury where a consumer suffered burns to their finger. The CPSC is asking customers to stop using them and turn them off to prevent burn and fire hazards.
The recall includes the popular Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers, which are capsule shaped and measure 4 inches tall by 13 inches wide and 4 inches deep. The speakers are made of plastic and have a mesh grille on the front and a built-in carrying handle at the rear. A lowercase “b” which is the Beats logo and the model name “beatspillXL” are printed on the handle. The speakers were sold in either black, white, pink, metallic sky or titanium colors.
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An estimated 222,000 Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers were sold throughout the U.S. and the CPSC projects another 11,000 were distributed for sale in Canada.
The speakers were manufactured in China and imported by Beats Electronics LLC, of Culver City, California and Apple Inc., of Cupertino, California where they were sold at Apple retail stores and other major retailers nationwide as well as online at apple.com and beatsbydre.com from January 2014 through June 2015 for about $300.
At this time, Beats Electronics and Apple Inc. are claiming that the Beats Pill XL model is the only portable wireless speaker impacted by the overheating batteries.
Consumers are being asked to stop using the speakers immediately and contact Apple at 800-275-2273 for an Apple Store credit or electronic refund with free postage. Customers with further recall concerns may visit apple.com, beatsbydre.com, or apple.com/support/beats-pillxl-recall to view the recall detail.
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