Apple recalls travel adapter kits and plugs due to risk of electric shock

- Apple is recalling over 800,000 travel adapter kits and plugs due to risk of electric shock.

The 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

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). 

The recall comes in light of 12 reports of wall plug adapters breaking and consumers being shocked. In three cases, consumers needed to be medically-evaluated. 

Consumers who have purchased the kits should immediately stop using the wall plug adapters and contact Apple for free replacement adapters. 

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