Nokia announced a free exchange program for faulty cell phone chargers that pose a shock hazard to its users. The Nokia-branded chargers were manufactured by a third-party supplier, BYD Electronic Company of China. Nokia 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.
The fault was discovered during a routine quality inspection, and Nokia says it knows of no incidents where a user has been injured by this flaw. The recall affects users in the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world.
The affected chargers are those manufactured by BYD between June 15, 2009 and August 9, 2009 and with the following model types: AC -3U; AC-3E and those manufactured by BYD between April 13, 2009 and October 25, 2009 and with the following model type: AC-4U.