Apple issued a voluntary recall Wednesday morning for the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker citing the potential for the device's battery to overheat and pose a fire hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that of the 231,000 units sold, there were eight reports of over heating with one saying their fingers were burned and other saying their desk was damaged.
Apple recalls Beats Pill XL over potential fire hazard
Apple's recall states:
To facilitate the voluntary recall, Apple has created a recall program for Beats Pill XL customers to return the Bluetooth speaker to Apple and receive a $325 Apple Store credit or payment. Apple has obviously pulled its supply of $299 Beats Pill XL speakers from its online store with inventory saying unavailable. The smaller $199 and under Beats Pill 2.0 Bluetooth speaker is not included in the recall.
Apple purchased Beats in 2014 for about $3 billion, which included the company's streaming music service along with its speaker business. The Pill XL was designed before Apple acquired the company, but doesn't absolve it of responsibility for the battery issue.
If you own a Beats Pill XL, Apple and the CPSC recommend you stop using it now because of the fire hazard potential and return it for a refund or store credit.