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Today Apple released a statement recalling all iPhone 3G ultracompact USB power adapters. It seems a small percentage of the adapters have a predisposition for the metal prongs to snap off in the electrical socket, potentially having some unfortunate side effects. The ultracompact USB adapters were […]

Today Apple released a statement recalling all iPhone 3G ultracompact USB power adapters.

It seems a small percentage of the adapters have a predisposition for the metal prongs to snap off in the electrical socket, potentially having some unfortunate side effects.

The ultracompact USB adapters were only sold with the iPhone 3G in the following countries: US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and some Latin American countries. The power adapters sold with the original iPhones are not included in the recall.

Apple did stress that if you have one of the ultracompact adapters that you should stop using it immediately.

Starting October 10, 2008 you may take your adapter to any Apple store and exchange it, or you can use this form to request that Apple ship you a new one. New adapters will have a green dot on them (pictured below) to differentiate them from the faulty line of adapters.

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  1. Shocking! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). ;)

  2. October 10th, 2009?

  3. @Tim Sullivan: Doh, good catch. Fixed. :)

  4. I’ll have to order one on their site — I’m not driving an hour to go to the Apple Store to replace a $20 adapter. Mine has worked fine though… of course I don’t plan on tripping over it like some people. :)

  5. Thanks! I just filled out the form. They say it’s “very important” to send the old power adapter back and that they’re providing shipping material. I’m going to put this to the test and see if they reply when I don’t send it back for a while..

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