Apple issues voluntary recall of some of its wall plug adapters due to electrical shock risks

Affected adapters have either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter. PHOTO: APPLE
Affected adapters have either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter. PHOTO: APPLE

SINGAPORE - Apple has issued a recall of its two-pronged wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

In very rare cases, affected wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. Apple said, in a statement, that it was aware of 12 such incidents worldwide.

These wall plug adapters were shipped with some Macs and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015. They were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Affected adapters have either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter.

Apple is asking customers to stop using these affected plug adapters. Customers should visit www.apple.com/sg/support/ac-wallplug-adapter for details about how to exchange the affected adapters for new redesigned ones, free of charge.

The recall does not affect any other Apple wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters.

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