Recent history of cellphone related product recalls

9 Nov

With Nokia announcing a recall of some of its chargers today, let’s revisit some of the major cellphone-related recalls in recent past.


Samsung Jitterbug (USA): In May this year, a bug was found in Samsung’s Jitterbug phone when the phone was operated in an area with limited or no connectivity. The phone failed to reach emergency 911 services, which is mandatory for all cellphones operating in the US.


LG 150 (Canada): In January 2009, some batches of LG’s 150 cellphone were found to be emitting more radiations than permitted. LG had initiated a recall of the affected phones in Canada.


Apple iPhone (numerous countries): In September 2008, Apple issued a recall for the iPhone’s ‘Ultracompact USB Power Adapter’ that had a manufacturing defect – under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter’s metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock.


Nokia (Global): In August 2007, Nokia issued a global recall of approximately 46 million batteries of the BL5C model manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co Ltd of Japan. Nokia had identified that in very rare cases the affected batteries could potentially experience over heating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge.

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