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Nokia to replace 14 million cellphone chargers

Nokia will replace 14 million cellphone chargers made by China’s BYD Co Ltd as chargers could fall apart and expose consumers to risk of electrical shock.

“We are undertaking this exchange programme as a proactive, precautionary measure. We are not aware of any incidents or injuries relating to these three (models of) chargers,” said Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson.

The world’s largest cellphone maker Nokia said BYD would cover all costs from replacement. An average charger sales price to phone manufacturers is around $1.

“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,” the Finnish firm said.

BYD spokeswoman Jasmine Huang said the company would issue statement later on the replacement.

“During internal tests, we found the chargers could have some problems,” Huang told news agency.

Nokia said BYD chargers AC-3E and AC-3U, manufactured between June 15 and August 9, and AC-4U, manufactured between April 13 and October 25 would be replaced.

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

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