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article imageSweden's ban on 'flammable' USB charger cables

By Abigail Prendergast     Mar 26, 2013 in Technology
In Sweden, five types of USB chargers had been recalled and ten overall had sales halted over concerns regarding the cables starting fires and causing electric shock. Most of the cables were knockoffs of Samsung and Apple brands.
Elsäkerhetsverket - the National Electric Safety Board of Sweden - has ordered a recall on five different kinds of USB chargers along with a sales ban on those along with an additional five types. The actions were based on reports that such cables can result in electrical fires and shocks.
According to The Local, most of the dangerous chargers are "imitation copies of Apple and Samsung products." The cables had been known "to have deficiencies that are so serious that people should immediately return the product to the store where it was purchased," said agency spokesman, Per Hellström.
Tests on the chargers had indicated multiple defects and many of them neglected to add CE-marking which is a requirement for items sold in Europe.
Elsäkerhetsverket informed the public that several "thousands" of the "dangerous" charger cables were sold "all over Sweden" and prompted consumers to contact their agency with any questions or for additional information.
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