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Apple recalls chargers due to over-heating

iPhone charger adapter sold between 2009 and 2012 to be replaced over safety fears

Apple has warned that in "rare cases" the charger adapter could overheat and cause a safety risk.
Apple has warned that in "rare cases" the charger adapter could overheat and cause a safety risk.
The affected iPhone adapter has a serial number 'A1300'.
The affected iPhone adapter has a serial number 'A1300'.

Apple has announced a recall of an iPhone charger model over concerns that it “may overheat and pose a safety risk”.

The USB iPhone charger was sold from 2009 to 2012 in 37 countries, mainly in Europe, although there is widespread grey market trading of Apple products meaning the charger could be in other countries.

According the BBC, Apple said that the malfunction has only occurred in “rare cases” but it is not clear how many incidents had happened or what the result was. The company said that it would exchange the chargers for free as a precaution.

The charger shipped with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S models, and was also sold as a separate accessory. Its model number is A1300 and it features the letters ‘CE’ in solid grey.

The company said in a statement: “Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange every affected power adapter for a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge. We encourage customers to exchange any affected adapter for a new one as soon as possible using the exchange process below.”

Apple also added that the affected power adapter will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.