Last month a 23-year old Chinese woman allegedly got electrocuted while using her iPhone, and died in the tragic incident. Following which, a message posted by her sister got attention of some big news agencies and Weblogs. Eventually, Apple started investigating if any of their products were at fault and their role in the accident. After a few days of that accident, Apple posted guidance on its website to urge people to use only authentic power adapters officially designed by Apple. Some reports claimed that the woman got electrocuted by her iPhone due to faulty third-party charger.
Today, Apple has announced a “USB Power Adapter takeback program”. In the official announcement, Apple mentions that some third-party chargers are not designed properly and may pose a risk to users safety. Therefore, under this program, any iPhone/iPod/iPad user who have concerns about their USB power adapter can get it replaced at any authorized Apple Retail Store or Service Provider for a special price of $10 (or approximate equivalent in local currency).
“Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues. While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.”
If you own an unofficial third-party charger, then all you have to do is take that charger along with your iPhone, iPad or iPod to any Apple retail store (or Apple authorized service provider). Bringing your device to store is necessary for verification of serial number, as only one charger is allowed to be sold per device under this program.
“Starting August 16, 2013, if you have concerns about any of your USB power adapters, you can drop them off at an Apple Retail Store or at an Apple Authorized Service Provider. We will ensure that these adapters are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.”
The takeback program will start from August 16, 2013 and users will be able to avail original USB Power Adapters at the special price of $10 for the next 2 months, i.e. till October 18, 2013 only.
“Note: Due to the complexity of testing required to detect an unsafe or counterfeit adapter, Apple Retail and Apple Authorized Service Providers cannot advise you on the authenticity or safety of your adapter. We are offering this special takeback program for any USB power adapter made for use with iPhone, iPad, and iPod for which you have concerns.”
Probably a number of users will discard their potentially dangerous power adapters, since they’re getting original one at almost half of its price. Will you?