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The kind of case you have on your smartphone has become almost as important as the kind of phone itself. You're not just keeping your iPhone safe from the odd slip or spill; you're making a statement. But what if that statement isn't keeping you safe?
Hundreds of thousands of iPhone cases have been recalled after customers suffered chemical burns when the cases broke, leaking glitter and liquid. How do you find out if you're walking around with one of the dangerous cases in your pocket or purse?
According to recall information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the liquid glitter iPhone cases were manufactured by MixBin. The company initiated the recall of almost 275,000 cases after 24 customers reported skin irritation or chemical burns from leaking cases. In one instance, a person was permanently scarred from a chemical burn and another "reported chemical burns and swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body and hands."
The cases resemble snow globes, with liquid and glitter floating in the plastic case, and were sold for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 models. The cases were manufactured in China and sold on Amazon and at Henri Bendel, MixBin, Nordstrom Rack, Tory Burch, and Victoria's Secret stores nationwide (and in Canada and Mexico) between October 2015 and June 2017.
The CPSC has the model numbers, UPC codes, and even photos of the recalled cases for reference. Consumers have been warned not to use the cases, and, if you have one of the recalled glitter iPhone cases, you can contact MixBin for a full refund.
If you've been injured by a faulty iPhone case, you may consider talking to an experienced injury attorney about your case.