Apple recalls faulty AC adapters over electric shock concerns

The recall does not apply to any adapters designed for the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, or the U.K.

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Apple has just issued a recall of AC wall plug adapters for Macs and iPads sold outside of the U.S.

Apple said the affected two-prong adapters run the risk of breaking and causing an electric shock if touched. So far there have been 12 incidents reported worldwide.

The adapters were shipped with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

The recall does not apply to any adapters designed for the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, or the U.K. But Apple said the faulty adapters were included in its World Travel Adapter Kit.

The consumer technology giant is accepting recalls within Apple Stores and other reseller locations.

While Apple recalls are a rarity, there have been several similar fire and burn concerns with faulty power cords over the last couple years. Apple's adapter debacle comes just a week after Microsoft issued its own recall to replace power cords for its older-model Surface Pro tablets due to overheating concerns.

In 2014, Lenovo recalled more than 500,000 power cords due to over a dozen reports of overheating, sparking, melting and burning.

In 2013, HP and Google recalled 145,000 HP Chromebook 11 chargers because they had the potential to overheat or melt.

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