* Charger covers could fall apart
* Says not aware of any incidents
* Supplier, China's BYD, to cover all costs
(Adds BYD statement, analyst comment, share)
By Tarmo Virki, European technology correspondent
HELSINKI, Nov 9 Nokia Oyj NOK1V.HE is
replacing 14 million cellphone chargers which it says could give
users an electric shock.
The world's biggest mobile phone maker said its Chinese
supplier BYD would cover the costs of recalling the chargers,
for which handset makers normally pay around $1.
Shares in Nokia were 2.3 percent firmer at 9.04 euros by
1230 GMT and analysts said the impact on Nokia's brand would be
"The plastic covers of the affected chargers could come
loose and separate, exposing the charger's internal components
and potentially posing an electrical shock hazard if certain
internal components are touched while the charger is plugged
into a live socket," the Finnish firm said.
Three models of charger - AC-3E, AC-3U and AC-4U - made
between April and October this year would be affected. Nokia
urged users to seek a free replacement
BYD Co Ltd's (1211.HK) battery-making arm BYD Electronic
(0285.HK) said it expects no material impact on its financial
and operating conditions or its business prospects.
BYD has become an increasingly important supplier to Nokia
over the last few years, helped by its wide offering -- from
components to manufacturing services.
"We are not aware of any incidents or injuries relating to
these three (models of) chargers," said Nokia spokesman Doug
The defective chargers were not sold in Argentina,
Australia, Brazil, Britain, Chile, China and New Zealand.
(Additional reporting by Eva Lamppu in Helsinki, Joanne Chiu
in Hong Kong; Editing by Hans Peters)