Apple recalled thousands of three-prong wall power adapters after learning of at least six incidents involving consumers receiving shocks. Because of the potential dangers, consumers should not ignore this recall.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the three-prong plug adapters could break while in use. In this case, the adapter may expose its metal portion, exposing consumers to electric shock risks.
Apple announced that the recalled items were sold as Apple AC World Travel Adapter kits. They come with three and two-prong adapters, and consumers bought them before February 2015. Apple designed the devices to serve travelers going to the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Singapore. They are white with gray on the inside portion that attaches to the power adapter.
This recall impacts over 814,000 of these devices.
The recall followed reports of incidents involving consumers outside of the country. According to Apple, six incidents involving wall plug adapters breaking. These incidents also led to shocks. Apple added that at least two consumers sought medical attention.
Consumers with the recalled items should not ignore the recall. They must unplug the adapters and contact Apple to receive free replacements.
If you own one of the defective adapters, you probably bought it at home electronics stores nationwide and online between January 2003 and January 2015.
Defective Consumer Products Pose Risks To Consumers
It is extremely important to complete the product pamphlets that come with purchased items and return them to the manufacturer so you can easily be contacted should a recall be issued for a product you have purchased. Consumers should never ignore important consumer product recalls. As this campaign shows, consumers may experience serious risks because of defects.
Oftentimes, companies learn about the issues before someone suffers an injury. However, this wasn’t the case this time, as people experienced incidents before the company issued the recall.
It’s important that consumers understand they should never ignore a recall campaign that impacts a product they own and use regularly.
If you worry this recall impacts you or a loved one, you may follow this link to learn more.