More Than 250,000 Glitter iPhone Cases Recalled Due to Risk of Chemical Burns

The mesmerizing cases can leak and cause skin irritation and burns.

by Ed Cara
Aug 2 2017, 5:05pm

Courtesy of Consumer Product Safety Commission

Adding a little sparkle to your life may be a lot more dangerous than you'd expect, at least if you're one of the hundreds of thousands toting around a certain kind of iPhone case that's now being pulled from the shelves.

On Monday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of glitter iPhone cases distributed by MixBin Electronics made for the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. The cases—which contain glitter suspended in liquid and are very fun to look at—have been reported to break or leak, causing skin irritation, blisters, and even chemical burns. So far, there have been 24 such incidents, including 19 in the US, MixBin reported.

The CPSC is telling people to stop using the cases immediately. "If you do have these, we urge you to act quickly, get these out of your home, contact MixBin electronics, they will give you a full refund," CPSC spokesperson Patty Davis told ABC News.

The affected cases were sold between October 2015 and June 2017 at Amazon, Henri Bendel, Nordstrom Rack, Tory Burch, and Victoria's Secret, both in person and online. They were priced from $15 to $65. More than 260,000 cases were purchased during that time period, primarily within the US, plus another 11,000 in Canada, and a few hundred in Mexico and the European Union. Canadian health officials issued their own joint recall as well, noting that some units were sold in airport duty-free shops.

While MixBin Electronics is based in New Jersey, the cases were manufactured in China by the Dongguan Banghui Plastic Electronics Company. At this point, it's unknown what exactly in the liquid or glitter is causing the injuries, some of which have been serious. "One consumer reported permanent scarring from a chemical burn and another consumer reported chemical burns and swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body, and hands," the CPSC report noted.

Though the current recall is limited to iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 cases from MixBin, people have reported similar burns from using older models of glitter iPhone cases as well.

If you think you might have an affected case, check out the model numbers on the CPSC's recall page, then register for a refund on a site set up by MixBin; you'll have to submit a photo of your case to do so.

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