Monday, July 15, 2013

China: Xinjiang Woman, 23, Electocuted While Answering iPhone While Charging

According to Xinhua, a Chinese family is seeking compensation from US tech company, Apple, for the death of their 23-year-old daughter, who was electrocuted this weekend while attempting to answer an incoming call on her iPhone while the device was charging. Xinhua died not reveal what what model of the iPhone was involved.

The incident occurred in the western province of Xinjiang on the weekend, when Ma Ailun died apparently by electrocution, according to a preliminary analysis, although authorities are still examining whether the mobile phone caused the electric discharge.

COMMENT: Shortly after the woman's death, China's equivalent to Twitter, Weibo, was abuzz with messages concerning the young woman's death. 

No doubt, Apple will need time to test the model involved, examine quality control methodology, research reported incidents and certify the accident.

Given the rapid circulation of the news via Internet in China, Apple did not delay in releasing a message directed at its users on Sunday morning (July 14):

“We are deeply sorry for the unfortunate accident,” said Apple in a statement, going on to express the firm’s condolences to the victim’s family.

Personally speaking, I make it a practice not to use my mobile while it is charging. Alternatively, users may wish to invest in a second battery or plan their schedule accordingly so as not to use the iPhone while it is charging.

As with any electronic device that is going to be used in proximity to the body, reading all instructions is recommended in terms of safety protocols.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.