“Safety first” is one of the primary priorities of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in selling its products, but there have recently been reports that some people lost their lives using their iPhones because of electrocution. The main culprit in the accidents were third party chargers used by iPhone users who were electrocuted while charging and answering a phone call.
Incident happened while phone was charging
A recent report by the Daily News Thailand (written in the Thai language) indicated that police found an unidentified man dead lying on the floor of his home holding a burnt iPhone 4S. The officer assumed that the man was electrocuted because his chest and neck had severe burn marks. According to the report, the man’s body was brought to a hospital determine the actual cause of death.
The father of the victim testified that prior to the accident, he saw his son lying on the cement floor without wearing a shirt because of the hot weather. According to him, he heard his son scream later that night in his room, but ignored it because he has a history of sleepwalking. The next morning his son was found dead.
Non-Apple third-party device believed to be at fault
According to the father, he believed his son was using his iPhone 4S while charging it because the device was plugged into the power outlet when he discovered that his son was already dead. Based on the photographs, the blue model charger used by the victim on his iPhone 4S is not original. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) ships its iPhones with a standard white charger.
Early in July, a flight attendant for China Southern Airlines was electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while charging it. The family of the victim said she collapsed as soon as she picked up the device.
There had been several other reported electrocutions involving iPhones and third party chargers, which prompted Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to conduct investigations. The tech giant also issued guidelines to help users identify its original USB power adapter.