Updated 02:01 PM EDT, Sat, Sep 19, 2020

Apple Recalls Adaptors Sold Outside the US Due to Shock Hazard [Details]

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If you own Apple AC power adapters, beware. The Cupertino-based company said that it was aware of 12 "incidents" of their adapters malfunctioning, which is why they are recalling some of those sold for use in Europe, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. However United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Japan adapters remain safe.

It is highly unlikely that gadgets over five years old are no longer in use. However, The Verge noted that although the 12 incidents that occurred in over 12 years isn't high as far as incidents go, it is still likely that the tens and thousands of adapters can be potentially dangerous.

The company said in a statement, "Because customer safety is the company's top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected plug adapters."

According to The New York Times, the company's two-pronged wall plugs (known as duckheads) are deemed breakable and may cause electric shocks. The malfunctioning adapters were shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac computers as well as some iPhones and iPads. Other than that, the company didn't offer a lot of details, although the company did warn about safety hazards concerning power adapters made by "third-party" manufacturers in the past. 

The recall will cost Apple millions of dollars. However, for those who are fond of gadgets, Anandtech noted that Apple's AC wall plug adapters are made by contract manufacturers, which means that similar devices made by the same company for other electronic gadgets may pose the same problem.

The announcement comes just after Microsoft announced their own recall of 285,000 power cords sold with their Surface Pro products before March 15, 2015.

Recalls are rare for Apple. However, last summer they recalled Beats Pill XL audio speakers, as they were concerned about overheating batteries that were prone to cause fires. In 2008, they also recalled iPhone adapters sold in some countries when it was found that the prongs could snap off and users were at risk of electric shocks.

In case you're wondering if you have to turn in yours for the recall, Anandtech noted that the affected adapters have four or five characters, or no characters on the slot where it is supposed to attach to an Apple power adapter. The new versions are redesigned and feature a 3-letter regional code in the slot instead, marked with either EUR, KOR, AUS, ARG, or BRA. SMH also noted that the redesigned adapters are square in shape, while the majority are round.

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