Amazon Issues Recall on Kindle Fire Kids Edition Power Adapter

Online retailer Amazon has issued a recall on some UK and Ireland chargers/power adapters supplied with its own branded Kindle Fire tablets – including its recently launched Kindle Fire Kids Edition.

Concerns were raised when it was found that in some ‘rare cases’ the power adapters for these products can cause electric shocks when the USB lead is removed from the three pin plug. The plug itself has been identified as the cause of the problem and customers are being advised they can still use the USB lead part quite safely with another compatible plug or with a computer/laptop but are being urged to replace the mains plugs, with replacements available free of charge by ordering one on the Amazon website.

Emails were issued today to anyone who has bought the Amazon Kindle Fire 7” and Amazon Kindle Fire 7” Kids Edition through the Amazon UK website from September 2015. But if the devices were purchased third party or second hand owners and parents may not be receiving this important information which includes how to identify to affected power adapter by the model number FABK7B. We have included the image below.

We are unsure at the moment how the replacement scheme works in regards to third party purchases.

Very concerning indeed particularly since these products were aimed at a younger market and pushed heavily before Christmas. Thankfully Amazon has been quick to act and offers full details of the recall on its website.

Also See: Amazon Launches Kindle for Kids Bundle

This issue harkens back to a similar recall Apple was recently forced to make over two pin power adapter for certain products sold in the USA. For more details on identifying those adapters we recommended reading our previous article: Apple Recalls AC Adapter Due to Safety Concern