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Nokia warns of electric shocks from phone chargers

Nokia is recalling some phone chargers because they risk giving users an electric shock.

The company is offering to exchange certain chargers...

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Nokia is recalling some phone chargers because they risk giving users an electric shock.

The company is offering to exchange certain chargers as a precaution.

The Finnish mobile phone giant said it has a programme to change a limited number of Nokia-branded chargers manufactured by a third party supplier.

"We have determined that the plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger's internal components and potentially posing an electric shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket," said Nokia.

The affected chargers are those manufactured by BYD between 15 June 2009 and 9 August 2009, with the AC-3U and AC-3E models and those manufactured by BYD between 13 April 2009 and 25 October 2009 and with the model type AC-4U, said a Nokia statement.

"The reliability and quality of our products is Nokia's top priority. If you have confirmed that your charger is eligible to be replaced, we advise that you stop using it and seek a free replacement charger," said Nokia.

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