88,000 Bluetooth Speakers Recalled for Batteries That Could Explode
ECOXGEAR is recalling 88,000 EcoBoulder Bluetooth speakers because the batteries may explode and send debris flying. According to a news report and a recall notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the company has so far received five reports of the speakers bursting. In two cases, the shrapnel was blamed for property damaged. But, there have yet to be any reports of injuries.
Details of the Recall
The recalled speakers are colored black with a rubber slip mat on top. Some versions have a brightly colored accent around the front speaker and a matching rubber slip mat. Each unit is about 20 inches tall and 15 inches wide. Users can find the model number inside a storage compartment on the left side of the speaker. The company said it sold about 88,000 speakers nationwide between 2016 and 2018.
The speakers were sold in stores such as Costco from October 2016-January 2017. They were sold at Academy Sports, Cabela’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Amazon.com from January 2018-December 2018 for about $180. If you own these speakers, you can contact the manufacturer to receive a free replacement battery. For more information, call 800-903-9664.
Product Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the batteries from the speakers could explode and send shrapnel flying around. This type of situation has the potential to cause major injuries or even injuries that could prove deadly. Flying shrapnel has the potential to cause eye injuries that could result in loss of vision, lacerations that could cause significant blood loss or even fatal wounds. We have seen examples of horrific injuries from defective products such as the case of Takata airbags. The Takata airbag cases involved defective airbag inflators that caused airbags to explode that then sent shrapnel to fly inside the vehicle compartment.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Plaintiffs in such cases must prove that the product was defective; that they were injured as a result of the defect; and that they suffered damages and losses as a result of the defective product. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options.