Apple could be facing a number of injury compensation claims after a recent wave of reports of the company’s iPhones cracking or exploding spontaneously.
French consumer groups have launched an official investigation after it emerged that at least ten people in the country had fallen victim to the potentially dangerous faulty phones.
One victim, an 80-year-old pensioner from Paris, claimed the screen of his iPhone broke in his hands.
The following day a security guard reported being hurt in the eye when the screen shattered, leading him to consider an injury compensation claim.
"We have been alerted to the problem and we are looking into it closely," a spokesperson from French watchdog DGCCRF commented.
Cases of exploding iPhones have also been reported in Britain and the US, with overheating lithium ion batteries suggested as the source of the problem.
Apple has reportedly told the European commission that it does not consider the incidents to be a widespread problem.