Health Canada recalls LG cellphones

OTTAWA – Health Canada ordered a recall of 129,000 LG cellphones Tuesday after they were found to broadcast more radio frequencies than is legal.

A statement from Health Canada Tuesday said the LG 150 phones, which have been sold across Canada since January 2007, “do not meet the radio-frequency exposure limits established by the federal government.”

Because it contravenes standards set out in the Radiocommunications Act, the LG 150 can no longer be manufactured, imported, or sold in Canada.

Health Canada said that despite the increased frequencies, the phones posed no short- or long-term health concerns for customers.

Extremely excessive radio frequency exposure can result in the “heating of biological tissue and an increase in body temperature,” according to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

The phones had been carried by Bell Mobility, SaskTel, MTS Allstream, Virgin Mobile Canada, Aliant Mobility, KITS, NorthernTel, Sogetel, Télébec and TBayTel.

LG Electronics Canada issued a statement offering no-cost replacements for the faulty phones through the affected retailers.

“LG has mobilized quickly in response to these findings on behalf of our customers,” said William Cho, the company’s president.

Between 230,000 and 250,000 of the phones had been sold, said LG, but only those manufactured between August 2007 to February 2008 have been confirmed to fail the standards test.

However, all of the phones, regardless of when manufactured, will be accepted for replacement until March 31.


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