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Amazon recalls Kindle Fire tablet power adapters due to risk of electric shock

If you bought a Kindle Fire 7-inch or a Kindle Fire Kids Edition after September 2015, stop using the power adapter now.

Amazon has issued a recall on the USB power adapters due to a risk of electric shock. Customers are advised to visit a recall page where they can either have a replacement adapter sent out free of charge, or have the equivalent credit added to their Amazon account.

The actual USB cable and tablet are unaffected, however, so can continue to be used.

Amazon said in a statement: “We have determined that, in rare cases, when the power adapter included with the UK Fire 7in and UK Fire Kids Edition 7in tablet is pulled from the wall socket, the adapter assembly may detach and create a risk of electrical shock.”

The adapters have the model number FABK7B.

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The recall affects only the adapters sold with these two tablets, not Amazon’s other tablets or Kindle ebook readers.

Recalls such as this occur from time to time. Recently, Microsoft has recalled power adapters for its Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3 computers. Apple also did a major recall on power adapters sold with Mac computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods dating back to 2003.

Late last year, LG recalled the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition over a component issue. It said it couldn’t reveal further details “for competitive and supplier relations reasons”.

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