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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Apple recalls 814K wall plug adapter kits for electric shock hazard

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Three-prong AC adapter included in the kit can break, exposing metal component.

Apple Inc., of Cupertino, California, has recalled around 814,000 Apple AC World Travel Adapter Kits because the three-prong AC wall plug adapters can break and expose the metal portion of the adapter, posing an electric shock risk. An additional 81,000 wall plug adapters were sold in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 19-132, June 5, 2019).

Incidents and injuries. Apple has received six reports from other countries of wall plug adapters breaking and consumers receiving shocks, including two reports of consumers who were medically evaluated and released without need for further medical treatment. No reports of incidents or injuries were reported by U.S. consumers.

Product description. This recall involves three-prong AC wall plug adapters included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit sold before February 2015. The kits contain three-prong and two-prong AC wall plug adapters that fit different electrical outlets worldwide. The recalled adapters were made for use primarily in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and were also sold with Mac computers and iOS devices. The recalled three-prong AC wall plug adapters are white with no letters on the inside slot where it attaches to an Apple power adapter. Redesigned adapters are white with gray on the inside portion that attaches to the power adapter.

These wall plug adapters, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Apple stores and other home electronics stores nationwide, and online at Apple.com from January 2003 through January 2015 for about $30.

Remedy.Consumers should stop using the recalled wall plug adapters immediately and contact Apple for free replacement adapters.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Apple at 800-275-2273 anytime, or online at www.apple.com, click on "Support" and then click on "Apple Three-Prong AC Wall Plug Adapter Recall Program" at the bottom of the page.

Companies: Apple Inc.

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