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Amazon Recalls Kindle Fire Tablet Chargers Amid Electrocution Fears

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Amazon asks Kindle Fire 7 and Kindle Fire Kids Edition owners to stop using their chargers and apply for a replacement

Amazon is recalling chargers for its seven inch Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire Kids Edition over fears that users might be electrocuted.

The online retail giant is urging customers to return the power adapters and is giving them a choice of being sent a free replacement or receiving a £12 credit so they can select their own alternative.

The adapters in question have a model number of ‘FABK7B’ and chargers for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and HD X are not affected.

Recall

Amazon Kindle Fire Cahrger Recall“We have determined that, in rare cases, when the power adapter included with the UK Fire 7” and UK Fire Kids Edition 7” tablet is pulled from the wall socket, the adapter assembly may detach and create a risk of electrical shock,” said the company. “Affected adapters were sold only in the United Kingdom and Ireland from September 2015.

“Customer safety is our top priority, and we are proactively offering to replace these power adapters with a new adapter, free of charge. We encourage customers to exchange their original power adapters using the process below.

“Please discontinue use of your original adapter. Until you receive a replacement adapter, you can use the included USB cable connected to a computer or another compatible adapter to charge your tablet.”

The Amazon recall is the latest in a series of similar incidents in recent months. In January, Apple recalled some iPhone chargers over electrocution fears, while Microsoft is offering replacement adapters for the Microsoft Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3 amid concerns they are prone to overheating.

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