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Mohu recalls Android BeBox speaker due to fire risk

Flat-panel antenna manufacturer Mohu is investigating the cause of a fire in one of its BeBox Smart Android speakers and is seeking a voluntary recall.

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Mohu has declared it is recalling its BeBox Android jukebox due to the potential for overheating or fire, despite only being on the market for a few months.

Mohu, best known for producing "flat" indoor antennas, says one of its BeBox units caught fire in an "unmonitored test." Mohu says while it is still investigating the cause it urges customers to return their units due to the potential dangers the unit poses. The company says the issue affects all of the models produced.


The Mohu BeBox has been recalled due to a fire risk

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The company says it is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to voluntarily recall the item and urges users not to use the product and retailers to discontinue selling them.

In regards to CNET's question whether the device was now discontinued the company wrote: "Mohu is currently investigating the cause of the defect in compliance with Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations, and will cease to sell or manufacture this product, indefinitely".

The Mohu BeBox is a portable wireless (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) speaker that the company claimed was capable of 8 hours of battery life. It was designed to compete with smaller Bluetooth-only speakers such as the Bose SoundLink but also enabled customers to install their own Android streaming apps.

If you bought one of the Mohu boxes, you can visit this site for a refund:

Updated 4/20 3.20PM EST Including comments from Mohu regarding the cessation of sale and manufacture of the product.