The European Union has stated today that it is taking the “exploding” iPhone issues very, very seriously. EU consumer watchdog Meglena Kuneva has explained that if national authorities find out that manufacturing faults are the cause of the issue, the iPhone will face an EU-wide recall.
Kuneva has received complaints about iPhones exploding or catching fire from Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. The media have also reported on incidents in Belgium and the United States. “I don’t need [Apple]’s permission to stop goods entering the market,” Meglena Kuneva told reporters in Brussels, “If goods are dangerous, then we will order a recall.”
National labs are currently testing the iPhone to see where – if any – the problems lie, but if it’s a manufacturing flaw, the iPhone will be recalled EU-wide. “We are checking with labs to see if there is a problem with the phone, with their batteries or if there has been misuse of the device,” said Kuneva, “We need to have 100 percent certainty from one member state that these goods are dangerous. [But] if I receive from the French authorities information that they are dangerous, I will act in the interests of the consumer.”
This is not an uncommon occurrence. Senseo coffee machines from Philips (practically every household has one here in The Netherlands) were recalled after the EU confirmed the machines could potentially burn the hands of those that operated them. The recall was extended into the US by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.