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Nokia Recalls 14M Chargers Over Shock Hazard

Nokia today announced a recall of over 14 million chargers manufactured by a third party partner, China's BYD. The recall is a precautionary measure after a routine quality control test showed that certain chargers could potentially shock the user.

"During a routine quality control process, Nokia identified a potential product quality issue with certain chargers manufactured by one of its third-party suppliers. The plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger's internal components and potentially posing an electrical shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket. Nokia is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to these chargers."

The Finland-based company goes on to say that anyone with AC-3E and AC-3U model chargers, manufactured between June 15, 2009 and August 9, 2009; and the AC-4U model, manufactured between April 13, 2009 and October 25, 2009 should visit or their local Nokia website to arrange swapping their old adapter for a new one.

Reuters reports that the number of chargers affected amounts to 14 million and China's BYD is said to be covering the costs of the replacement chargers. Each charger reportedly costs around $1.