Barnes & Noble is recalling about 147,000 power adapters associated with its new seven-inch Nook Tablet device, citing a potential for the adaptor casing to break when plugged into an electrical outlet, exposing users to electrical shock. In a statement detailing the voluntary recall posted on its website and through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the book retailer said it had received four reports of the power adapter breaking or pulling apart while charging the Nook Tablet 7”, exposing the metal prongs inside, though no injuries had been reported. “Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled power adapters and register online for a free replacement adapter along with a Barnes & Noble $5 gift card,” the company said.
B&N said it’s offering customers free shipping to return the recalled adapter and receive a replacement adapter in the mail. Until the new adapter is received, owners were advised to charge their device through their computers using a USB cable, the statement read. The Nook Tablet 7”, B&N’s latest installment of its popular paperless reading device, hit the market on Nov. 25 and sells for about $50, though the device is not currently available for sale on the company’s website. Barnes & Noble is only the latest company forced to issue a callback on account of a handheld device charger. On Feb. 2, 2016, Microsoft Corp. recalled 2.25 million power cords associated with an assortment of its Surface Pro tablet computers after concluding they posed a risk of overheating and shocking users.
Then in September, mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics announced it would halt all sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and replace about 2.5 million units on account of a propensity to catch fire resulting from a battery defect. A month later, Samsung officially threw in the towel on the Galaxy Note 7, announcing on Oct. 11 that it was halting production and would no longer stock the device on its shelves.
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