Nokia today admitted it was poised to recall up to 100,000 xDSL modems after discovering a fault which could electrocute users.
The comms equipment manufacturer is urging users to bring the M/MW 11xx/51xx xDSL modems into local service centres for inspection and, if necessary, free repair.
The company warned that disconnecting the power cable may break off one of the internal pins, lodging it in the cable's socket.
"If this happens, there is a small risk of electrocution if one were to touch that pin which has broken off," company spokeswoman Arja Suominen was quoted as saying.
"The danger of an electric shock is very small, but of course one has to take seriously such a risk."
The company added that no incidents had been reported.
Nokia downplayed the danger posed by the rogue modems, saying it estimated that less than one per cent of the models are actually faulty.
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