Shocking! Apple recalls faulty AC wall adapters

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If your adapter looks like the one on the left, you may want to get it exchanged.
Photo: Apple

If you’re the proud owner of a two-prong Apple AC wall plug adapter, as included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit, you may have a trip to the Apple Store in your immediate future.

That’s because Apple has announced a voluntary recall of adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea, after certain models were found to break and put users at risk of electrical shocks.

In addition to the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit, the adapters were also shipped with certain Macs and iOS devices between 2003 and 2015. Wall plug adapters for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States, as well as USB power adapters, are unaffected by the fault.

Affected two-prong plug adapters have either four or five characters, or no characters at all, on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter. You can find more information here.

Fortunately, Apple has only been made aware of 12 potential electric shock incidents worldwide, although it’s taking the step of doing a voluntary recall as a safety measure.