Are you fond of eye-catching glittery cases for your smartphones? Although they're not for everyone, they certainly have their share of fans. Not only can they protect gadgets from occasional bumps and drops, they can definitely add a touch of sparkle and fashion zest to an average smartphone's appearance.
But wait! If you've purchased these brands of iPhone glitter cases, you may be at risk of chemical burns!
More than 263,000 units of these sparkly iPhone cases sold in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are being recalled due to multiple reports of blisters and burns caused by skin contact with the liquid contained in said cases.
These cases, which fit the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7, were manufactured by a company called MixBin Electronics. To achieve their sparkling look, the transparent plastic cases contain glitter suspended in liquid solution. The skin contacts were due to breaks and cracks in the cases, causing the liquid to seep through.
So far, there already have been 24 cases of burns and skin irritations reported worldwide, with 19 occurring in the U.S. One customer even reported permanent scarring from the chemical burns while another reported swelling to her leg, face, chest, upper body and hands.
The recalled iPhone cases were mostly sold at these outlets:
- Henri Bendel stores
- Nordstrom Rack stores
- Tory Burch stores
- Victoria's Secret stores
According to the MixBin notice, brands affected include Victoria's Secret, Henri Bendel, MixBin, and Tory Burch.
If you have any of these cases, MixBin urges you to stop using them immediately and to contact MixBin Electronics for a full refund.
To register for a reimbursement online, visit MixBin's recall notice page. Keep in mind that you are required to provide a photo of your affected case for the registration.
You can also contact MixBin at 855-215-4935 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.
To view additional details of the affected cases, including their model numbers, UPC codes, and photos, you can visit the official U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall page for the products.