Apple recalling faulty AC wall plug adapters

Apple has issued a voluntary recall on AC wall plug adapters designed for use in a number of countries, including Australia.

The company said in a statement that in rare cases the two-prong wall plug adapters can break and create a risk of electrical shock when touched.

These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.

The company said it is aware ofof 12 such incidents worldwide.

“Because customer safety is the company’s top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected plug adapters,” the statement said.

It went on to say, “An affected two-prong plug adapter has either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter.”

The company directed customers to a web page explaining details of the exchange procedure and information about how to identify the affected products.

Apart from Australia, the products are also designed for use in Argentina, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

As AP points out, Apple has rarely recalled any of its products in the past. One instance was last year when the company recalled its Beats Pill XL audio speakers because of fears they might cause fire.