Apple Claims That The Headphones Explosion Is Not Its Fault

Exploding Headphones mid-flight

 

Exploding electronic devices became a part of our lives. Since the Note 7 catching fire suddenly, various devices caught fire since then. Even though these incidents happened before the Note 7 fiasco, these are now being taken more seriously. Various incidents all across the world including:

  • Note 7 (Many incidents)
  • Apple iPhones
  • Wearables like Fitbit
  • Apple Beats Headphones and much more

The last one in the list happened a few months back has taken an unexpected twist.

Beats Headphones Catching Fire

The incident happened in the month of February this year which involves a woman and her Beats headphones on a plane which is mid-flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The woman suddenly heard an explosion and when felt a burning sensation on her face threw the headphones to the floor which melted later on.

 

Apple claims it will not refund
Apple claims it will not refund

 

The incident was widely covered by media due to the involvement of Apple as Apple owns the Beats headphones. An investigation started on the incident and it was revealed recently that the AAA batteries used were the cause.

An Apple's representative statement was released from the victim's lawyer and it said,

Our investigation indicated the issue was caused by a third-party battery

Apple has a policy of not involving any issue that is caused by third-party sources. As the AAA-batteries used belongs to a third-party manufacturer, there will be no attempt to refund or pay to the victim even as damage costs.

 

Victim used old Beats headphones
Victim used old Beats headphones

 

The victim who wanted to be anonymous hails from Adelaide and the model she used was an older model Beats Headphones model before Apple bought Beats in the year 2014. Regarding the Apple's statement, she said,

The headphones don’t work without batteries, yet nowhere on the headphones – or their packaging – did it specify which brand of batteries should be used

More Incidents

The number of similar incidents is increasing day by day and these are creating a sense of hostility in the electronic user's minds. While most of the incidents are mainly due to problems with the power source, mostly batteries. Also, mid-flight incidents are occurring more which is resulting in strict regulations of carrying some electronic devices on planes.

Here are some ways to avoid these incidents with electronic devices:

  1. Do not expose your devices to high temperatures (Near cooking equipment, Under hot sun, near furnaces or fire stoves)
  2. Ensure the device stays at least at room temperature most of the times
  3. Avoid carrying electronic devices on planes
  4. Keep the devices away from shock-prone regions (near electrical wires)
  5. Do not overcharge your smartphones or tablets (keep charging all night)
  6. Use only branded and standard equipment or accessories (cheap ones may cost you your life)
These incidents may result in sever burns
These incidents may result in severe burns

The above precautions mentioned can help in avoiding these sometimes fatal incidents. These incidents must be a wake-up call for all the users and regulation authorities and the situation can be made better by quality management of various cheap products that can turn your device into a tickign time bomb.

 

SOURCE: Verge

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