Front and back of Apple’s Beats Pill XL speakers, recalled over a potential burn hazard. They’re stylish, convenient and increasingly popular. Unfortunately, they’re also a burn hazard. Cupertino, CA-based Apple, Inc. has issued a recall of all Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers, numbering some 222,000 sold in the United States and another 11,000 sold in Canada. “Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” Apple officials wrote in a prepared statement.
“Because customer safety is the company’s top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using their Beats Pill XL speakers.” Apple officials thus far have received eight reports of incidents of the popular speakers overheating, including one that resulted in a burn injury to a consumer’s finger and another that damaged a consumer’s desk. The recalled products are plastic, capsule-shaped speakers that measure about four inches tall and deep by 13 inches wide. They feature a plastic mesh grille marked with the lowercase “b” Beats logo on the front and a built-in carrying handle with the mark “beatspillXL” on the back.
The speakers come in black, white, pink, metallic sky and titanium. Recalled units were sold nationwide at Apple retail stores plus other major retail stores and online at Apple.com and Beatsbydre.com from January 2014 through June 2015 for about $300. If you own one and have had no problems, stop using the speaker immediately and contact Apple online for a $325 Apple Store credit or electronic payment. However, if you have suffered an injury or property damage caused by a recalled or faulty speaker, keep the product intact as it may be needed as evidence in a legal case. Get medical treatment immediately and contact an experienced product liability attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell at 800-251-1111.