Ap­ple re­calls Beats speaker over fire risk

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By An­drea Chang an­drea.chang@la­times.com

Ap­ple Inc. is re­call­ing its Beats Pill XL speaker be­cause the bat­tery might over­heat and pose a fire safety risk. The speaker has been sold world­wide since Jan­uary 2014 by Beats, Ap­ple and other re­tail­ers.

About 222,000 units in the U.S. and about 11,000 in Canada are be­ing re­called, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion.

Ap­ple is ask­ing Beats Pill XL own­ers to stop us­ing them and re­turn them to the com­pany for a $325 re­fund or Ap­ple Store credit.

Cus­tomers can fill out an on­line form to re­ceive a postage-paid box they can use to re­turn the speaker. Ap­ple said it would is­sue Ap­ple Store credit or an elec­tronic re­fund within about three weeks of re­ceiv­ing a re­turn.

The com­pany said re­turns would be pro­cessed only on­line, adding that own­ers should not re­turn the prod­ucts to any stores.

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