Doug / 06-24-2014 / Consumer Safety

Electrocution Hazard Sparks a Nokia Recall of Tablet Chargers

Nokia has recalled Traveler Charger Kits for the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablets after discovering that the plastic cover can come loose, separate and pose an electrocution hazard due to exposed inner workings of the device if it remains plugged into a live socket.

The recall involves approximately 500 units of the chargers, which were sold as part of a kit including different plugs for use in electrical outlets in the U.S., U.K., EU and Australia.  The recall does not involve chargers that were sold with the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet.

Although no injuries have been reported linked to the recalled chargers consumers are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled chargers and contact Nokia for instructions on how to obtain a refund either Verizon Wireless or a credit from AT&T for the purchase of the charger. Both Verizon and AT&T sold the recalled chargers as part of the travel kits from January 2014 to May 2014 for about $50.

Each year hundreds of recalls occur to due to discovered defects in computer and electronic products. Sometimes the defects and/or flaws in design are caught early, while other time consumers are injured as a result of these defects.

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