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Thousands Of Glittery Phone Cases Recalled After 2 Dozen People Report Brutal Chemical Burns

by Andrea Wunderlich
Andrea is a LittleThings Editorial Intern who has a passion for all things internet; she enjoys books, coffee, and pugs!

From animals to cartoons to glitter, phone cases are a fun and relatively cheap way to express yourself.

And let’s face it, buying a case to protect your phone is a much better alternative than replacing it if you happen to drop and break it.

Phone cases are supposed to protect you, not hurt you — right?

We all put thought into picking out our smartphone cases, but a recent recall of glitter iPhone cases has highlighted one of the potential dangers of owning one.

Unfortunately, some phone cases have proved more hazardous than others.

Recently, the company Mixbin recalled roughly 270,000 phone cases after 24 consumers ended up with chemical burns.

These girls probably weren’t expecting to be harmed by their phone cases when they bought them. Sadly, they were left injured by the liquid inside the cases. After the initial shock of being burned by something as seemingly harmless as a phone case, these women took to Twitter to express their frustrations and warn others.

What would you do if something like this happened to you?

Thumbnail Photo: Twitter

The United States Consumer Safety Commission recently reported that glitter iPhone cases manufactured by the company Mixbin are a hazard.

Mixbin, in a press release on their website, writes:

The cases are being recalled due to the risk of skin irritation, blisters or burns if the liquid contained in the phone case leaks and comes into contact with the skin due to breakage or cracking of the case.

The affected cases were sold on Amazon.com; GetMixBin.com; Henri Bendel stores and online at henribendel.com; Nordstrom Rack stores; Tory Burch stores; and at Victoria’s Secret stores in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and online at victoriassecret.com.

The cases, which were sold for iPhone 6, 6S, and 7 models, come in various designs, but they all have the dangerous material inside.

The case are made of hard, hollow plastic. The glitter is floating inside, in a liquid medium. If the plastic cracks, the liquid may seep out, causing chemical burns.

One victim shared this photo of the irritated skin on her back to Twitter.

The burn she received is in the exact shape of the iPhone case that caused the irritation.

Other victims shared similar photos of their seared skin. People have received burns on their fingers, arms, backs, and legs.

One woman, Cassandra Diaz, also took to Twitter to warn others about the potential dangers of buying the case.

Cassandra told Buzzfeed News that she ignored rumors that the cases were harmful.

She received a burn on her arm and warns her followers, “Don’t buy a phone case with glitter that floats around because it will break and burn you.”

It’s not the first time that glittery phone cases have been linked to dangerous burns.

In 2014, one angry mother posted to social media after her young daughter’s unicorn case left a painful red burn, shaped exactly like a smartphone, on her leg.

However, it’s not clear if it was the same brand of phone case.

According to a report released by Mixbin:

There have been 24 reports worldwide of skin irritation or chemical burns, including 19 in the U.S. One consumer reported permanent scarring from a chemical burn and another consumer reported chemical burns and swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body and hands. 

All cases were manufactured and sold between October 2015 and June 2017.

Right now, Mixbin is the only company recalling a product, but anyone with a glittery phone case should be careful.

These cute and colorful cases are popular with kids, but it’s unclear how dangerous they might be.

At the moment, it appears that the liquid, rather than the glitter, is causing the burns.

Medical professional have also taken up the rallying cry.

Pharmacist Diane Bowen also took to Twitter to warn others about the dangers of glitter phone cases, writing, “WARNING Liquid Glitter phone cases. Saw patient with 10cm diameter chemical burn on thigh due to leaky case in her pocket.”

Please SHARE this article to warn others about the recall and the dangers of glitter phone cases.

Note: If you or someone you know has suffered a burn from these phone cases, report it to Consumer Product Safety Commission at saferproducts.gov.

[H/T: Buzzfeed News]