Philips recalls hair dryers due to fire risk

Philips is recalling several million hair dryers due to safety concerns over a fire risk.

Dutch electronics group Philips said it had learned of a safety incident reported by consumers in Korea and an investigation had uncovered a faulty component that could potentially result in the device overheating if left plugged into an electrical socket.

"This poses a potential hazard, such as fire, even when the appliance is switched off and not in use," Philips said in a recall statement.

Philips is recalling five types of foldable hairdryers made between 2006 and 2011 and sold globally however company spokesman Steve Klink described the safety risk as "very low".

The "precautionary recall" will take place in the coming weeks and although Philips would not disclose the costs of the operation, Klink said the company did not expect any material impact.

Philips is the world's biggest lighting maker, a top three hospital equipment maker and Europe's biggest consumer electronics producer.

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