Remember the Apple AC adapters with the swappable prongs? The little plugin piece would slide so conveniently into the charging side? You might use such adapter with your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer. Your Apple AC Adapter Might Have Been Recalled.
Apple said today that some of the AC adapters where you can swap the power plug have been found to present a risk of electrical shock. Apple just published an Important Notice for Certain AC Wall Plug Adapters & World Travel Adapter Kit Customers telling about a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. Apple recalls power adapters from as far back as 2003, free replacements for all.
Visit the program website for more details on how to identify an affected adapter.
Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program page tells that Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. So Apple has voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge. You can exchange your adapter(s) at your local Apple Store, an Authorized Apple Service Provider or get new adapter mailed to you (contact Apple Support).
The news came today. I have to check the iPad power adapter and maybe visit the Apple service shop some day.
By the way it was just over a week ago that Microsoft was recalling power adapters for its Surface Pro tablets and now Apple is also issuing a recall. It is good that those big companies issue recalls due some quite rare problems, while some more dangerous products keep flowing from China through various direct channels and not too any recalls on this route. Most recalls related to electrical safety issues that come from official importers are due to safety issues in LED lights and chargers (in Finland 430 products were tested and 93 of them were removed from market).