Apple recalls ‘fire risk’ Beats speakers
Cupertino issues recall on over 230,000 Pill XL wireless speakers, according to consumer group
Apple has been forced to recall over 230,000 Beats Pill XL wireless speakers after reports of overheating, Reuters reported.
The Cupertino iPhone maker reportedly recalled 222,000 speakers in the US and around 11,000 in Canada, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Apple did not confirm the numbers, but said the problem was limited to the Pill XL and no other Beats or Apple products were affected.
The overheating represents a fire hazard and while no fires have been reported, the CPSC said Apple received eight reports of overheating.
Apple pledged to issue store credit or a refund of $325 within three weeks of receiving the speakers. If the CPSC's figures are accurate, the refunds alone could cost Apple almost $76m.
Apple bought Beats in 2014, from hip-hop artist Dr Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine for $3bn as a means to revive its flagging iTunes business.