Sony Ericsson warns owners not to use the faulty accessory after reports of malfunctions emerge in Britain Sony Ericsson yesterday announced an urgent recall of a faulty battery charger for four mobile phone models, which could cause electric shock or pose a fire hazard. The charger has been supplied since September last year to customers who bought mobile phone models T68i, T300, T310 and T610. It has also been sold as a standalone accessory. The charger model number is CST-13 and its identification number is BML 162 099/3 R1A. The charger is marked 'Made in Thailand by Delta'. The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department urged owners to stop using the chargers immediately, for safety reasons. A spokeswoman for Sony Ericsson Hong Kong said the recall was prompted by several reports of malfunction in Britain. They will be replaced at no charge. 'We haven't received any reports in Hong Kong but, as a precautionary measure, we decided to recall the chargers,' she said. The company could not say how many chargers had been sold. 'It's difficult to say how many such chargers have been sold because not every mobile phone of the four models comes with the defective charger,' she said. 'We might have sold a lot more mobile phones of the four models than the chargers. We don't want to cause unnecessary panic. Therefore, we can't reveal how many phones of the four models have been sold and we can't guess how many chargers have been sold.' Owners of the faulty chargers should take them for a free replacement at the company's customer service centres, she said. According to the supplier, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications International, there is a risk of component failure that could cause pressure to build up inside the chargers. This could cause the top of the chargers to break off. There was a danger that the broken part could fly off and injure someone. There was also a risk that a damaged charger could cause an electric shock or a fire. Sony Ericsson Hong Kong said that it was investigating the problem. It added that, in the meantime, anyone in possession of one of the chargers should remove it from the electrical socket and stop using it immediately. Customers can contact the Sony Ericsson Customer Service Centre on 8203 8863 or visit its website at www.sonyericsson.com.hk .