Apple recalls power adapters posing electric shock risk
Going anywhere soon? You may want to check your travel adapter kit if you’re headed overseas.
On Friday, Apple said that in rare cases, its two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters run the risk of breaking and creating an electrical shock risk if touched. The faulty adapters are designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil.
The adapters were shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices. They were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.
"Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge," Apple said in a statement.
How to identify your wall plug adapter:
An affected wall plug adapter has 4 or 5 characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to an Apple power adapter.
Redesigned (unaffected) adapters have a 3-letter regional code in the slot (EUR, KOR, AUS, ARG or BRA).
Apple has said it will exchange any faulty plugs, including those issued in the world travel kit. Apple will also be refunding customers who have bought new plugs because of this issue.
Note: Other wall plug adapters, including those designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States and Apple USB power adapters are not affected by this program.