Apple recalls power adapters over electric shock risk

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Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the iPhone 6 and the Apple smartwatch at the Flint Center on Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Eshika Kohli, Staff Writer

Twelve incidents internationally have occurred due to defective adapters. Users of Apple have admitted that the chargers have combusted, damaging walls, carpets, and more.

Brisbane resident Peter Neumeister described the tense and terrified feeling his seven-year-old daughter felt after she knocked a plugged-in iPad wall adapter. The incident caused an electrical spark with smoke triggering the house’s power to switch off.

Neumeister said, “Looking at the internal part of the charger with the cap removed, you can clearly see the positive and negative contacts, so the chances of an electrical shock are real.”

The two main parts associated with the charger are the part with the two prongs called the duckhead and the main body with a USB power port on the back. This part can suffer from the defect, but the body it connects to can tell one whether the device is part of the recall.

Neumeister said, “Not knowing anything about electrical equipment, [my daughter] tried to push the piece that fell loose back onto the charger, but somehow the charger sparked and blew the cover back off with a flash and black smoke.”

The recall is among a large range of Apple products including iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iPods. It was announced on Jan. 29 that the devices spanned about 13 years.

Neumeister said, “I was really surprised how easily the charger broke; it was traumatizing for my daughter.”