Apple Refuses To Pay Aussie Whose Beats Headphones Blew Up

Posted: May 22 2017, 5:58am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple Refuses to Pay Aussie Whose Beats Headphones Blew Up

Apple points finger at battery maker for Beats explosion

When you have the cash in the bank and the legal representation that Apple has, you don't always have to pay out cash when someone has a problem with one of your products. Such is the case with the Australian woman who was wearing Beats headphones during a flight back on February of this year. The woman was allegedly dozing on the flight when her headphones exploded on her head leaving her covered in soot and with burns on her face.

Apple conducted an investigation into the cause of the explosion and found that the problem wasn't with the wireless Beats headphones the woman was using, but the battery she chose to put inside them. Apparently the older Beats headphones she was using require a pair of AAA batteries inside one of the ear cups.

Apple has concluded that battery was the reason for the explosion. "Our investigation indicated the issue was caused by a third-party battery," an Apple representative said in a statement issued by lawyers retained by the woman reports Digital Trends.

Apple hasn't yet thrown the battery maker under the bus and the name hasn't been announced. Defective batteries have been the cause of all the product explosions in recent memory from laptops many years ago to Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and now what seems to be a rechargeable AAA battery has exploded causing injury to someone.

The battery explosion happened a few hours into a long flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The incident was described as follows to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau:

"As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face. I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck.

"I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire."

The fire was put out by a flight attendant by dousing the headphones with water. For the remainder of the flight passengers had to smell melted plastic, burned electronics, and burned hair. People are said to have been coughing and choking all the way home. The woman already has lawyers, you can bet the battery company will be facing legal action and there is no word on if more legal action will be faced by Apple.

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