Bose recalls over 1m old subwoofers due to fire risk

Bose recalls over 1m old subwoofers due to fire risk
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Bose is recalling over a million old subwoofers from its home theatre systems because they pose a potential fire hazard. The firm has received 21 reports from around the world of the bass modules igniting or melting, including fires starting when the electrical components fail.

The units were sold between January 1994 and April 2007 from and retailers like Best Buy, Circuit City and Sear's. It's a global recall that includes devices from Bose's Acoustimass, Lifestyle and Companion ranges.

A full list of the devices is on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission page (via The Verge). Or you can use this Bose page to help identify whether your hardware is affected.

If you own one of these devices, you should stop using it immediately. You can contact Bose for a free repair or a 40 per cent discount on a replacement product.

These units might be old, but people tend to use Bose kit for a long time, so plenty could well still be in use. Of the million sold, about 884,000 were in the US, 98,000 in Canada and 18,300 in Mexico.


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.