Apple has issued a major recall of AC power adapters for iPhones, iPads and Macs built between 2003 and 2015 owing to a risk of electric shocks.
The affected adapters are the two-pronged wall plugs used in Europe, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Korea.
The recall was sparked by reports of 12 incidents when people received a shock from touching the faulty adapters.
UK wall adapters are not affected, but people travelling to the above countries with an adapter suitable for the different plug sockets will need to be aware of the problem.
Apple released a statement and adapter exchange programme guide to help customers swap the potentially faulty adapters at a local Apple Store or by requesting a replacement online or through Apple Support.
The company explained that the fault occurs only in rare cases, but that it is still taking the precaution of recalling the adapters.
“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. We encourage customers to exchange any affected parts,” the company said.
New wall adapters can be identified by an EUR label, while the older models carry the number 4910.
Adapters in the US, China and Japan, along with Apple USB power adapters, are not prone to the fault.
The recall could be a pain for Apple given the millions of devices shipped to customers across the globe.
Some of the company's largest markets remain unaffected by the problem, but the fault could mar Apple’s strong history of providing solid products with a reputation for being robust and fault free.
Apple reported profits of $18.3bn for its first quarter of 2016, so the recall is not likely to leave the company much out of pocket.
It follows on from a similar recall issued by Apple's rival Microsoft earlier this month for chargers used on its Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 devices.
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