Apple has started a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters in a few countries after discovering they might break in “exceptionally uncommon cases”, presenting users to a danger of electric shock if touched. The recall includes adapters sold between 2003 and 2015 in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil.
The adapters were originally sold with Macs, a few iOS gadgets, and were likewise included with the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Customers can identify if their two-pronged adapters are part of the recall using the picture above. Affected adapters, seen to the left, include 4 or 5 characters or no characters within slot where it attaches to an Apple power adapter. Replacement adapters, as found in the picture on the right, rather have a horizontal 3-character area code.
Apple issued a similar recall in mid-2014, when 5w USB iPhone connectors were recalled in 37 countries. More recently, the organization recalled all Beats Pill XL speakers in June 2015 because of a “fire safety risk”.
If you own an AC wall plug adapter included in the recall, details on how to obtain a replacement are available at the Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program page.