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Facebook Technologies recalls 4 million removable foam facial interfaces for Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headsets due to skin irritation hazard

Facebook Technologies is recalling about 4 million removable foam facial interfaces for Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headsets due to a skin irritation hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the foam facial interfaces can cause facial skin irritation and reactions including rashes, swelling, burning, itching, hives, and bumps.

This recall involves Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headsets removable foam facial interfaces, included with a purchase of Oculus Quest 2 Headsets, and sold separately as a “Quest 2 Standard Facial Interface” or in a “Quest 2 Fit Pack.”  Only headsets with the SKUs in the table below or the serial numbers identified below are included in the recall. The SKU and serial number are located on a label on the retail packaging of the headset. Additionally, the serial number can be found on the user’s account, on the Oculus app or on the headset. For instructions on locating the headset serial number consumers should go to https://support.oculus.com/articles/getting-started/getting-started-with-quest-2/serial-numbers-quest-2/.

Product Description SKU
Oculus Quest 2, 64 GB, US/TW, Type-A 301-00350-01
Oculus Quest 2, 256 GB, US/TW, Type-A 301-00351-01
Oculus Quest 2, Accy, Standard Facial Interface, Global 301-00409-01
Oculus Quest 2, Accy, Fit Pack, Global 301-00374-01
Oculus Quest 2, Enterprise, 256 GB, US/CA/TW, Type-A 301-00402-01

Affected headset serial numbers
Headset serial numbers that start with “1WMHH” and end with a number below “1264”

The foam interface is black in color and is attached to the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and is the interface between the headset and the user’s face. Unit numbers above include facial interfaces manufactured for sale with headsets and to be sold separately, as well as warranty replacements.  For additional information visit the Oculus blog at www.oculus.com/community-letter/.

Consumers who experience a skin irritation or reaction should immediately stop using the recalled foam facial interface, and all consumers should contact Facebook Technologies to receive a free silicone cover. Facebook Technologies is contacting all Quest 2 users directly.

The firm has received approximately 5,716 reports of incidents of skin irritation and approximately 45 reports of consumers that required medical attention.

They were sold at BestBuy, GameStop, Target, Walmart, and other retailers, and online at Oculus.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Gamestop.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com between October 2020 and July 2021.  The foam facial interfaces which were included with headsets sold for between $300 and $400, depending on the model; about $20 for a facial interface sold individually; and about $40 as part of a Fit Pack.

Consumers can contact Facebook Technologies toll-free at 1-877-960-0889 anytime, or online at https://www.oculus.com/quest-2/removable-facial-interface-alert or www.oculus.com and click on Support at the top of the page then on the facial interface recall banner for more information.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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