Shocking news as Apple announces recall of faulty AC adapters

28 Jan 2016

Apple has warned that there have been 12 incidents so far involving the faulty adapters

Tech giant Apple has announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters with two prongs designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

Apple said that in “very rare cases” Apple two-pronged plug AC adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.

The company said it is aware of 12 incidents worldwide so far.

The adapters shipped with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015.

The same adapters shipped with the Apple World Travel Adapter kit.

Apple said the recall does not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, US or any Apple USB power adapters.

Users urged to check if they have affected AC adapters

It has urged users to check if their adapters are among the affected models.

The affected two-prong plug adapters have either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter.

Mac or iOS device owners are urged to visit the programme website for more details on how to identify an affected adapter

Apple said customers should visit for details about how to exchange the affected adapters for new, redesigned ones.

AC adapter image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years