Apple Recalls iPhone 3G Chargers Over Fire, Electrocution Danger

Apple has issued a recall notice for iPhone 3G chargers, citing potential fire hazards and risk of electrocution.

With every iPhone 3G comes one of Apple’s new “ultracompact” USB power adapter used for charging the device. The small adapter plugs into a standard wall electrical outlet and allows for the USB cable to attach and charge the iPhone like any other cell phone charger.

Unfortunately, a design flaw has now forced Apple to issue a recall of the accessory over safety concerns.

“Apple has determined that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter’s metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock,” read part of the recall notice. “We have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the adapters sold, but no injuries have been reported.”

iPhone 3G units as well as separate chargers sold in the following countries are affected :

• US
• Japan
• Canada
• Mexico
• Several Latin American countries (click here for a detailed list of countries)

“Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority, and therefore we have voluntarily decided to exchange every ultracompact power adapter for a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge,” the company said.

The replacement program is to begin on October 10, and will be available both through mail orders via the web or at Apple Store locations.

In the meantime, Apple instructs that users discontinue use of the ultracompact charger and rely on USB charging from a computer, a first-generation iPhone charger, or other equivalent charging devices.

Refer to Apple’s support site for the full details.

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