Reports of Injuries from Overheating iPhone Charger Cables
Published on: 18th Apr 2014
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By: Ian Mansfield
The official Korea Consumer Agency has asked Apple to issue warnings to iPhone users following reports of burn injuries from charger cables.
The Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) warned that while typical recharge cables have internalized sockets, preventing direct contact with skin, the new iPhone's cable is exposed eternally and poses a risk of burns.
The KCA said its own experiment showed the cable causing damage to the skin when contact is made after it's been in use for 30 minutes. The user's manual for applicable Apple products does not warn of such risks, the agency said.
"The lightning cable should be separated from the devices at all times when not in use, and households with infants and children should never leave the cable unattended, especially at night," an agency official said.
The KCA said it has notified Apple Korea of the findings and asked it to take necessary measures.
"We are investigating the KCA's concern, but we are not aware of any issue resulting from normal use." an official from Apple Korea said.