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Product recall: Portable speakers may explode

Product recall: Portable speakers may explode
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We recently told you about an urgent recall on popular spray cans of cooking oil. Now, some portable speakers from ION Audio could also be putting you at risk, they might explode!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that ION Audio is recalling 41,000 portable speakers. The recall covers four models of ION Audio's portable speakers. There have been reports of a handful of explosions but no injuries. The company will be issuing refunds.

ION Audio is recalling the speakers voluntarily. Keep reading and we'll let you know what's going on and how to handle the defective speakers if you have some in your home.

Why the speakers are exploding

ION Audio said that hydrogen gas can leak from the portable speakers' battery when charging, causing the speaker to burst, posing an explosion hazard.

Hydrogen gas becomes explosive at a concentration of 4%. This can only happen if large lead-acid batteries are charged in a sealed room or space. Experts say overcharging a lead-acid battery can produce hydrogen sulfide. The gas is colorless, very poisonous, flammable and has the odor of rotten eggs.

Ion Audio has received five reports of speakers exploding, including four incidents that resulted in property damage to the surrounding area. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable speakers and contact ION Audio for a refund in the form of an ION Audio gift card.

 

Related: Alert! Massive recall over laptop batteries catching fire, make sure your laptop is safe

 

Speaker models affected by the recall

The recall involves four models of portable speakers: the Sport Express, Cornerstone, Cornerstone Glow and Keystone. The Sport Express speaker is black and has two knobs on the front, with a neon blue-lit clock. It is about 9-inches wide and 9-inches tall.

The Cornerstone and Cornerstone Glow speakers are triangular in shape, have a white outer casing and are 14-inches wide and 10-inches tall. The Keystone speaker is square with a white casing and gray center. It is about 8-inches wide and 9-inches tall.

The Sport Express was sold exclusively at Best Buy from June 2018 through May 2019 for about $70. Cornerstone, Cornerstone Glow and Keystone were sold at various electronics stores nationwide and online from March, 2016 through March, 2019. Cornerstone and Cornerstone Glow sold for about $100 and the Keystone sold for about $200.

All the recalled speakers were manufactured in China.

For more information, you can call ION Audio toll-free at 833-682-0371 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. You can also get information online at ionaudio.com. Click on recalls located at the top of the page.

How to check if your car has a safety recall

Recalls on vehicles happen every time. A manufacturer might find that a certain part on a specific model wears out faster than expected and decides to replace it for everyone. Sometimes, the problem can be something more urgent and dangerous, like the exploding tire recalls of the '90s.

Click here to learn more about car recalls.

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