Phone and tablet electrocutions are rarer than you think. Even so, preventing a possible accident from happening shows that it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to faulty engineering, and Nokia made that very clear by halting sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet.
Sales of the tablet were halted in the U.K., Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland due to its charger, which Nokia has deemed defective. According to Nokia, the charger’s plug “would come loose and separate,” exposing internal components that would “pose a hazard of an electric shock” if you touched it while the plug is in a live socket.
Roughly 30,000 chargers, including 600 travel chargers sold in the United States, are affected by the defect. Nokia says no other chargers have this problem, and no confirmed incidents have surfaced yet. This makes Nokia’s notice more of a precautionary measure than a reactionary one.
Nokia did not indicate whether affected users would get replacement chargers, nor whether they can obtain a full refund for the Lumia 2520 due to the affected charger. The company is “working with urgency” to arrive at a resolution to the matter, but in the meantime, if you are affected, make your way here for more information.