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Apple says iPhone 6 fires in China are not due to product faults

By Cookie Monster - on 8 Dec 2016, 2:00am

Apple says iPhone 6 fires in China are not due to product faults

After the Galaxy Note7 saga, it seems that the iPhone 6 series are also catching fire. The Shanghai's consumer watchdog claims that there have been 8 cases of the iPhone 6 series handsets combusting or exploding.

Apple has conducted tests on the eight devices and found "no cause for concern". It cited "external physical damage" as the cause of the thermal event. One tech analyst seems to back up Apple's statement: 

Xiaohan Tay, technology analyst for IDC in Beijing, said: "From what we are seeing in the market, it doesn't seem to be a big problem yet in China, we can't confirm whether all iPhone 6 and 6S models are at risk."

"At this point, it doesn't seem that there is any major implication yet for the iPhones sold outside of China," she told the BBC.

Recent safety checks conducted by U.K consumer protection body Chartered Trading Standards Institute on 400 counterfeit chargers bought online from 8 different countries (including China) reveal that 99% of them failed to protect users against electric shocks. These counterfeit chargers are also poorly designed and prone to overheating or catching fire. Could counterfeit chargers be the cause of the fires in these 8 cases? 

Source: BBC

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