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Apple Recalls the Beats Pill XL Speakers Citing Fire Risk

The recall does not affect any other Beats or Apple products.

Vjeran Pavic for Re/code

Apple is voluntarily recalling its Beats Pill XL speakers after determining that, in rare cases, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. The company is offering consumers a refund.


The Cupertino technology company urged customers to stop using the speakers and consult a website for details about how to return their product to Apple and receive a refund in the form of an Apple Store credit or electronic payment of $325.

Prior to the recall, Apple received eight reports of the speakers overheating, including one in which a consumer’s finger was burned and another incident that caused damage to a desk, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Consumers should look for the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle. The product is sold in five colors: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white. The Beats Pill XL was introduced by Beats by Dre in November 2013, and the company has sold about 222,000 in the U.S. (and about 11,000 in Canada). Apple acquired Beats last year.

The recall is an obvious black eye, though the wireless speakers were developed before Beats had access to Apple’s engineering and manufacturing resources. Apple is in the process of evaluating Beats’ manufacturing process and could lead to taking a more direct role in the product.

The recall does not affect any other Beats or Apple products.

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