Apple recalling travel adapters due to shock risk

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of AC adapter kits and plug adapters for use worldwide.

The recall involves the "World Travel Adapter Kit" for use in Australia/New Zealand/Argentina, Brazil, Continental Europe, and Korea. They were also sold with computers and iOS devices.

More than 800,000 of the devices were sold in the US, and another 80,000 were sold in Canada. The devices were sold from January 2003 through January 2015.

According to the CPSC, the adapters have the following characteristics:

  • Australia/New Zealand/Argentina – flat angled blades
  • Brazil – round thin pins
  • Continental Europe – round thin pins, slightly slanted inward
  • Korea – round thick pins

Apple has reportedly received 12 reports of broken adapters leading to customers getting shocked. Three of those consumers required medical attention.

Per the CPSC:

Recalled wall plug adapters have either four or five letters or numbers, or no markings on the inside slot where the wall plug adapter attaches to the main power adapter. Redesigned adapters have a three-letter regional code in the slot (EUR, ARG, KOR, AUS or BRA). 

Apple requests that customers contact the company directly for free replacement adapters. More information can be found on the CPSC website.

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