Apple today issued a global recall of its Beats Pill XL, citing a potential fire hazard in the small wireless speaker.
"In rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL Speaker may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. If you have a Beats Pill XL Speaker, please stop using it and ... send it to Apple," the Cupertino, Calif.-based company said on a recall page posted to its website.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Apple reported eight incidents of overheating, including one in which a customer suffered a burnt finger and another that resulted in damage to a desk. The CPSC added that the recall affects approximately 233,000 speakers in the U.S. and Canada.
The speakers were sold worldwide from January 2014 until this month through retail outlets, Apple's chain of stores and its e-shopping site, and the Beats online store. The Pill XL was released prior to Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics and the Beats Music subscription service last May.
People who return Pill XL speakers can choose to receive Apple Store credit of $325, or they can have that amount deposited directly into their bank accounts. The Beats Pill XL sold for a suggested retail price of $300.
Most of Apple's past recalls have involved only a small fraction of the total number of units sold for a given product, and they have generally been related to battery problems. Last fall, for example, the company launched an iPhone 5 battery recall program; it has also run battery recalls for various Mac laptops.
But the company has had a few product-wide recalls: A year ago it recalled all 5-watt European USB power adapters with the model number A1300. And in 2011, it called in all first-generation iPod Nano music players. In both cases, Apple exchanged the defective devices for new ones.
To kick off the return process, Apple will send prepaid shipping boxes to Pill XL owners who fill out this form.
This story, "Apple issues global recall for hot-hot-hot Beats speakers" was originally published by Computerworld.