Nokia chargers pose electric shock risk

Mobile handset giant initiates exchange program to get back 14 million chargers with manufacturing fault

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Nokia chargers pose electric shock risk Affected Nokia-branded cellphone chargers could give users an electric shock.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  November 10, 2009

Nokia has warned customers that a "limited number" of cellphone chargers could potentially give users an electric shock.

According to Nokia, plastic covers on the affected chargers from Chinese supplier BYD could come loose and separate, exposing the charger's internal components. It could cause an electrical shock if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket.

Though the official announcement mentions that only a limited number of chargers are affected, a Nokia spokesperson was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying that about 14 million chargers may be replaced for free under the exchange program.

The company adds that no injuries related to the fault have been reported but is asking owners of chargers - AC-3E, AC-3U and AC-4U - made between April and October this year - to ask for a free replacement through as a precautionary measure.

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