In recent years, wearing large studio style headphones has become extremely popular. One of the main brands people associate with the popular trend is Dre Beats, which were first marketed by hip-hop recording artist and music producer Dr. Dre. Various recording artists, athletes, and Hollywood celebrities are using these headphones, and, as a result, these fairly expensive (around $200 to $400 a pair) headphones have been flying off the shelves of electronic stores, and Apple recently acquired the brand.
According to a recent article from Sound Guys, Apple has announced it will be voluntarily recalling its Dre Beats Pill XL due to problems with “overheating.” Overheating is a relative term, since there have been allegations that the units heated up to the point where people were burned, and the products actually caught on fire.
First, it should be noted, the Beats Pill XL is a pill-shaped speaker, and not a pair of headphones like the other Dre Beats products, which people actually wear on their person. While the reports have ranged from minor overheating to physical burns, Apple has stated it does not want to take any chance with regard to customer safety and has voluntarily recalled the entire run of production for this item.
While Apple has not confirmed any of these overheating incidents actually occurred, they have taken the reports seriously enough to advise everyone who owns the devices to immediately unplug them and return them for a full refund of the $325 purchase price. It is also important to note, there has been no finding of liability in connection with any of the complaints raised prior to a recall being issued.
As our Charlotte personal injury attorneys can explain, cases involving claims of defective products often involve significant and complete litigation. For that reason, you should make sure any attorney you choose to represent you with your case has the experience and resources to handle a case against a major retailer, manufacturer, or distributor, as these companies will often have extensive resources at their disposal and are often willing to spend more to defend an action than they would have to pay in a settlement to avoid other potential plaintiffs filing additional claims.
It is also important to speak with an attorney as soon after a personal injury occurs as possible. This reason this is important is because other plaintiffs may be filing claims as well, and these other claims may have an impact on your case. This is especially true in the case of larger multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases involving hundreds of thousands of plaintiffs, as is often the case when the alleged injury involves a defective consumer product.
The company may try to contact you or have their legal team contact you following an injury of which they are aware and offer to settle the case for what could be much less than the case is worth. You should always speak with an experienced personal injury attorney before accepting any compensation or signing any paperwork.
Contact the Charlotte injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Apple issues voluntary recall on Beats Pill XL due to overheating issues, June 6, 2015, Sound Guys
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