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Nearly 275,000 iPhone cases that contain glitter suspended in liquid are being recalled after reports of leakage that caused burns and skin irritation.
MixBin Electronics sold the cases designed for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 through Amazon, Henri Bendel (online and in stores), Nordstrom Rack stores, Tory Burch stores, Victoria’s Secret in the U.S, Mexico and Canada (plus online) and GetMixBin.com.
Reports Of Chemical Burns
The company announced the recall after 24 reports worldwide of skin irritation or chemical burns. Nineteen of the reports came from the United States, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
If the case cracks or breaks, the liquid can leak out and come into contact with people’s skin, MixBin said in a statement.
One consumer reported permanent scarring from a chemical burn, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Another consumer reported chemical burns and swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body and hands, the commission said.
The plastic cases were made in China.
What’s Inside The Case?
While MixBin has not revealed what ingredients it may have added to the liquid inside its glitter phone cases, the New York Post reports that a product description on Amazon, which has since been removed from the website, describes it as “safe food grade snow globe liquid.”
Ethylene glycol (aka antifreeze) or other chemicals are sometimes added to snow globe liquid to thicken the water and slow down the “fall” of snow flakes inside while also preventing the globe liquid from freezing during shipping. Ethylene glycol can be irritating to skin or poisonous if consumed.
Other additives used to slow the fall of snow flakes in snow globes include glycerin or baby oil.
How To Know If Your Case Is Affected
Customers should immediately stop using the recalled cases and contact MixBin for a refund, according to the commission’s report.
You can check if your phone case is affected at the company’s website.
There are other brands on the market that produce glitter cases, so be sure to verify which brand you purchased.
If you are sure that you own one of the MixBin phone cases that are being recalled, you will need to register for reimbursement on the MixBin website.
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The company notes that you will be required to provide a picture of your affected iPhone case to complete your registration. The company says “once your claim is approved you will receive instructions for disposal of your case. Do not dispose of your case until you receive confirmation of your claim.”
Written by Madison Park for CNN with additional reporting from Simplemost staff.
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