Apple is recalling some of its iPhone power adapters due to faulty plugs.
The company posted a warning that certain versions of its iPhone 3G Ultracompact USB power adapter are prone to breakage and should not be used.
According to Apple, several users have reported that the prongs in the plug have broken off in the outlet, resulting in a safety hazard and putting users at risk of electric shock. No injuries have been reported in any of the incidents.
The recall affects power adapters sold in the Americas and Japan. Users in other areas, including Europe, are not affected. The recall also does not cover newer two-prong adapters which have a green dot on the base.
The USB adapter is an accessory which ships with the new iPhone 3G models. Apple is advising all users with affected models to stop using the USB adapters immediately and charge their handsets by connecting the USB cable to a computer.
Apple plans to begin a free exchange programme on 10 October. Users can exchange the recalled plugs at a local Apple Store or receive a replacement through the company's web site.
The incident is the first major recall from Apple since 2006, when the company recalled some 1.8 million laptop batteries.
Last month, Apple's Japanese unit offered a voluntary recall of some first-generation iPod Nano players after reports of battery fires.
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