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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today issued a voluntary recall for certain two-prong AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand, and South Korea, due to the risk of electrical shock if touched in very rare cases. Apple has also advised customers to stop using affected plug adapters.


Apple is offering a new, redesigned adapter for free to affected customers.
Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge.
The recalled wall plug adapters shipped with Macs and some iOS devices sold between 2003 and 2015, and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple says an affected wall plug adapter has 4 or 5 characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to a power adapter.

Affected adapter prong types

Redesigned adapters have a 3-letter regional code in the slot, such as EUR, KOR, AUS, ARG or BRA. Apple says other wall plug adapters, including those designed for the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and the U.K., and Apple USB power adapters, are not affected by this program.
Here's what happens when the adapter breaks, leaving metal pins sticking out of the socket. - (@MacRumors) January 28, 2016
Apple's AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program provides instructions on how to identify your wall adapter and initiate the exchange process.

Article Link: Apple Recalls Some International Wall Adapters Due to Risk of Electrical Shock
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Jun 3, 2015
Shocking news. Another one of those cases that apple products blows up. Should you choose to accept this mission you have 5 seconds to dispose your shocking products.


macrumors regular
Mar 29, 2010
I have about 3 of these plus the international adapter kit but not sure I will bother. They seem very sturdy to me and several of them have been plugged in the wall for years and they seem totally fine.
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Aug 13, 2012
Getting a jolt never did anything to make Safari snappier ... but it probably put a little jump in YOUR step.


macrumors regular
Jul 1, 2010
Checked my chargers and yep, both my MBP's and iPad Mini 2's chargers are the affected type. Time to exchange them then...


macrumors 68020
Jul 10, 2012
If this goes like other Apple recalls, Apple will shirk its responsibility of contacting customers who registered their devices (presumably to reduce the cost of recall).

Likely only when Apple gets sued for a bundle by an injured party, or the government mandating such conduct, will Apple change their policy.

In the case of the 5w adaptor, Apple could have provided a pop-up when the device recognized it was attached to one and then helped the owner complete a register for replacement form. Totally addressable with software and only limited by lack of imagination, ethics or greed.
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Aug 13, 2012
Even if only one person was injured by a defective product, a recall is warranted, as certainly more will be injured. I can't believe you think that 100's must die or be injured to warrant a change.

HEY ... reread my comment ... I agree with you.


macrumors member
Nov 10, 2012
I am not sure I get it.

Are the affected adapters the ones with the code on the example or every adapter that comes with 4-5 digits and not the area code (EUR etc.). I think it's the latter, but just to make sure.

If that's the case, I have two which need to be changed.
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