Recall of iPod and iPhone Cases Because of Potential Fire Hazard


January 30, 2012

The past holiday season, iPhones and iPods were incredibly popular gifts. Although iPhones and iPods are extremely popular, they can also pose dangers to their users.

Many people are seriously injured or even die annually in distracted driving accidents involving portable electronic devices including the iPod or iPhone. This type of risk is not limited to just Apple products but any portable electronic device. However, a very different risk has recently been revealed to pose a risk of personal injury caused by a product designed to be used with the iPhone or iPod. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of two separate cases designed to be used with Apple products. The CPSC has issued a recall of 32,000 Rocketfish™ Model RF-KL12 Mobile Battery Cases sold for use with the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

The CPSC has received fourteen complaints of units overheating, which can pose the risk of burns or a fire hazard, with three consumers suffering burn injuries. There also have been four additional incidents involving minor property damage. These battery cases were imported by Best Buy and made available for sale to the public from April 2010-Septemer 2011. These iPhone cases are made of a rubber material and house a battery within the case. Consumers can identify these cases by the model number RF-KL12 that is provided on the inside of the case. The CPSC is advising consumers to discontinue use of these cases immediately and contact Best Buy at (800) 917-5737 or visit www.bestbuy.com.

The other case being recalled is the Mophie Juice Pack Air™, which is an external battery pack that fastens on to the iPod Touch 4G. This case which includes a lithium polymer battery pack attaches to the back of the iPod Touch 4G. The CPSC has announced that the battery case’s integrated circuit switch can overheat. There have been 110 reports of the unit heating up with nine reports of minor burn injuries. Consumers can identify the recalled units by checking the serial number inside the unit. The units subject to recall have serial numbers that begin with TR113 through TR120.

If you are injured by a defective product in Georgia, you may have the right to file a product liability claim or lawsuit. Manufacturers, distributors and retailers have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe for the anticipated use by consumers. Product makers and sellers are even required to anticipate foreseeable misuse of a product and warn consumers of potential dangers from such misuse. Every year millions of people across the U.S. are injured by dangerous or defective products of all sorts, such as children’s toys, consumer electronics, defective motor vehicles, defective drugs, poorly designed medical devices and hundreds of other products.

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