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Nokia Recalls 14M Cell Chargers for Shock Hazard

Nokia, the world’s largest phone maker, is issuing a massive recall for cell phone chargers, saying they could pose an electric shock hazard.

The company says its own testing showed that the plastic covers on certain chargers manufactured by a third-party supplier could come loose and separate. That would expose the charger’s internal components and potentially shock you if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket.

Nokia says it’s not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the chargers, but it’s recalling 14 million of them anyway. The recall is for the AC-3E and AC-3U models, manufactured between June 15, 2009 and Aug. 9, 2009; and the AC-4U model, manufactured between April 13, 2009 and Oct. 25, 2009.

For more information, including how you can check to see if your charger is part of a charger exchange program, Nokia has established this Web site – or consumers can visit their local Nokia Web site.

Nokia recommends consumers with chargers within the scope of this exchange program to stop using it and exchange it for a free replacement.


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