Apple has been forced to recall European power adapters sold with older model iPhones. This was due to concerns that these power adapters have the potential to overheat. Apple officially warned that the 5W European USB power adapters “in rare cases may overheat and pose a safety risk.”
The power adapters in question initially shipped alongside the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The power adapters were also sold separately as accessories. These models were shipped between October 2009 and September 2012, so newer iPhone adopters in Europe don’t need to worry about the overheating issues.
Since 2012, Apple has been shipping different, redesigned models of these power adapters. Apple has stated that they will swap all of the older adapters recalled for the newer versions to ensure all users will have the safest version.
Apple has provided details as to what power adapters may be defective. This is so users will be able to investigate themselves. On the back of each adapter is a model number and CE logo. If the model number reads Model A1300 with CE boldly written, the adapter is part of the potentially defective range.
On the flipside, if the power adapter reads Model A1400 with CE outlined in grey, the adapter is the latest model and should be safe. If a users power adapter has already overheated, Apple will be offering refunds for the cost of a replacement.
Owners of these adapters who are concerned about the overheating issue are able to return both their phone and power adapter to any Apple store or other certified service provider. Apple staff will then investigate the adapter and replace it with a new one for the user. Apple has stated that they will dispose of the older model adaptors in an environmentally friendly manner, which is good to hear.
Apple has confirmed that some nations outside of Europe such as Egypt, South Africa and Vietnam will be included in this recall. The full details are available on Apple’s support page linked in the source of this article.