On August 1, 2017 the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced a recall of over a quarter of a million smartphone cases because they leak fluid, causing severe chemical burns. The recalled phone cases, manufactured by MixBin Electronics, contain a glitter suspended in fluid, which can leak if the cases are damaged. Consumers reported that the fluid smells like lighter fluid, and when it comes into contact with skin, causes a burning sensation. Some individuals reported that they suffered lifelong scarring as a result of exposure to the liquid in the cases.

According to the CPSC, the recall involves “all liquid glitter mobile phone cases for iPhone 6, 6s and 7” that were manufactured by MixBin. Various styles and colors are involved, but each case measures “about 5.5 inches by 2.75 inches” and “contain liquid and glitter that are floating in the plastic case.” The CSPC’s website lists the model number and UPCs for all the recalled items.  The recalled products include Victoria’s Secret cases, as well as glitter cases sold on Amazon.com and at Nordstrom.

Other Leaking Glitter Case Products Dangerous?

The MixBin-manufactured iPhone cases appear to be similar to several other products available on the market. Some of these other glitter case products have also been linked to injuries. For example, in January 2016, a nine-year old girl was reportedly scarred for life after being exposed to the liquid from a glitter case she purchased from a New Look store in Cambridge, England.

According to MixBin, their iPhone 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 company is offering reimbursement to anyone who purchased these cases, but the company has not publicly promised to compensate victims for their injuries.

Leaking Glitter Case Lawsuits

So far, at least two dozen MixBin customers have reported suffering from these kinds of injuries as a result of exposure to the liquid from their glitter cases. Given the large number of products that were sold, it is likely that many more injuries have occurred or will occur in the future. Those who were injured by these defective products are likely entitled to payment for their damages from the manufacturer or seller or both. Typically, victims of defective products can recover their costs for medical bills, as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Oftentimes obtaining this compensation requires filing a lawsuit, although it does not appear that any lawsuits have been yet filed.

Those with severe personal injuries as a result of exposure to leaking glitter cases may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. MixBin has offered refunds for purchases but it is unclear whether the company will compensate for medical bills and other damages suffered by victims. People injured by leaking glitter cases would likely benefit from hiring an attorney, as the company may be reluctant to pay for such damages without the threat of a lawsuit.