Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers After Reports of Overheating

A Beats Pill XL wireless speaker. Apple received eight reports of problems with speakers, according to the  Consumer Product Safety Commission. (PHOTO CREDIT: Beats)
A Beats Pill XL wireless speaker. Apple received eight reports of problems with speakers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (PHOTO CREDIT: Beats)

Apple is recalling about 233,000 of its Beats Pill XL speakers in the United States and Canada after receiving complaints that the products can overheat.

The company received eight reports of problems with the Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The agency said one report involved a burn injury to someone’s finger and another said a desk was damaged.

The development of the speakers predated Apple’s purchase of Beats for $3 billion last year. Customers can request a refund or store credit for $325, slightly more than the speakers’ $300 price tag.

Apple has suspended sales of the speakers “for the time being,” according to a company spokesman, Tom Neumayr.

Wednesday’s recall affects all of the Beats Pill XL speakers sold worldwide since January 2014. About 222,000 units were sold in the United States and 11,000 were sold in Canada. Apple did not disclose how many units it has sold worldwide, although the United States is largely seen as the company’s biggest global market.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Rachel Abrams

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