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Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speakers as fire risk

Wed 3 Jun 2015

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Apple have today issued a voluntary recall announcement for the Beats Pill XL range of speakers, advising customers that the rechargeable device is a fire risk.

The speaker entered the market at the end of 2013, and Apple acquired beats the following year. The advisory says:

“Apple® today announced a voluntary recall of Beats Pill® XL speakers, including a refund for customers. Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. The recall does not affect any other Beats or Apple products.

Because customer safety is the company’s top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using their Beats Pill XL speakers. Customers who purchased a Beats Pill XL speaker should visit www.apple.com/support/beats-pillxl-recall for details about how to return their product to Apple, and how to receive an Apple Store® credit or electronic payment of $325.

The Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle. The product is sold in five colors: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white.”

It’s not the first time that Apple fans have risked playing with fire – in 2013 a range of MacBook Pro batteries were recalled as ‘an extreme fire hazard’. In 2006 the company was forced to recall 1.8 million Sony-constructed notebook batteries after reports of the lithium-ion units overheating.

In 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to prevent lithium-ion batteries being classed as ‘hazardous materials’ – a move which would radically have changed the mobile and devices market.

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