Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is recalling certain models of its iPhone USB adapter due to a risk of potentially overheating, according to an advisory that was reported by 9to5Mac. Apple is advising people that purchased the 5W European USB power adapter for the iPhone between October 2009 and September 2012 to trade it in at an Apple retail store. The adapter came bundled with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4s models.
Apple also requires that you bring your iPhone with you when you trade in your adapter since it needs to check the serial number. The affected USB charger adapter has been sold in 37 countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, and several others. This is what the bottom of the affected adapter looks like:
Around a year ago, Apple launched a trade-in program for third party chargers, which lets device owners purchase a charger at a discount if they trade them in. Third-party iPhone chargers are associated with several injuries and two deaths within the past year. This past July, a 23-year-old Chinese flight attendant died after suffering from electrocution after answering iPhone 5, which was plugged in with a third party charger. In this rare case, Apple came forward to recall an accessary of its own due to safety issues.