AN iPhone charger sold on Amazon has been recalled over a “serious risk” of electric shock and starting a fire.
The dangerous unofficial accessory is known to have caused one fire incident.
It’s due to shoddy pins on the plug which aren’t the right size.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards has put out an official warning, saying the product fails to meet electrical safety regulations.
Amazon appears to have withdrawn the product from its website.
But anyone who has already bought it is told to stop using the accessory immediately.
The item is made by a Chinese company called AXIULOO, which has no association with Apple.
It’s full product name is: AXIULOO 20W USB C Fast Charger Plug for iPhone 13/13 Mini/13 pro/13 pro max/ 12/12 mini/12 pro/12 pro max/ 11/ SE 2020.
If you’re unsure, look for the product’s ASIN number in your Amazon order records, which is B08NTJ7XHP.
Giuseppe Capanna, Product Safety Engineer from the Electrical Safety First charity told The Sun: “If you own this product, stop using it immediately.
“Not only does this charger present a very real risk of electric shock, the product has also been linked to a fire.”
Experts have long warned about the dangers of buying cheap knock offs online.
It’s not clear how many people have already bought the charger but almost 6,000 reviews were left for it on Amazon before it was taken down.
“Online marketplaces are awash with dodgy electrical goods and this will continue to be a problem until the Government changes to the law to ensure online marketplaces are responsible for the safety of goods sold on their sites,” Capanna added.
“Stick to reputable high street retailers to avoid putting yourself at risk.”
The official warning reads: “The product presents a serious risk of electric shock as the mains plug does not meet the dimensional requirements of BS 1363.
“The width of the line and neutral pins were found to be out with the required limits of 6.22mm-6.48mm.
“There has also been a known fire caused by the product due to the non-compliant plug.”
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