Recall: Apple AC Adapter Kits and Plug Adapters
On 2016-02-18, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Apple AC Adapter Kits and Plug Adapters due to a potential Electrocution hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2003 for about $30.
About 800,000 units are involved in this Apple Computer plug adapter recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Power Supplies & Adapters category in 2016.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 8 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The two-prong wall plug adapters for Australia/New Zealand/Argentina, Brazil, Continental Europe and Korea can break and expose the metal portion of the adapter, posing an electric shock risk.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Apple World Travel Adapter Kits and wall plug adapters. 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 in Australia/New Zealand/Argentina, Brazil, Continental Europe and Korea and were also sold with Mac computers and iOS devices. The wall plug adapters are white plastic with 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
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/57054r-eng.php
These items were sold new+ at Apple stores and other home electronics stores, and online at Apple.com from January 2003 through January 2015 for about $30.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wall plug adapters and contact Apple for free replacement adapters.
Apple at 800-275-2273 any time, or online at www.apple.com and click on AC Wall Plug Adapter Recall Program for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Apple has received 12 reports of wall plug adapters breaking and consumers receiving shocks overseas, including three reports of consumers who were medically evaluated and released. No reports of incidents or injuries were reported by U.S. consumers.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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