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Apple recalls iPhone 3G charger

Some of the new ultra compact power adapters sold in the US, Japan and elsewhere are faulty and potentially dangerous, triggering a mass recall and exchange process.

Apple has warned that some of the power adaptors supplied with the iPhone 3G are faulty and is recommending that owners exchange them as soon as possible.

According to the company, the two-pin ultra-compact USB power adapter that was introduced at the time of the iPhone 3G launch, has metal prongs that can break off, leading to the risk of electric shock. However, no injuries have been reported.

This style of adapter was supplied with the iPhone 3G in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico and several Latin American countries, and would be swapped out at no cost. The adapter was also sold on its own, as well as being bundled with the iPhone, so UK shoppers taking advantage of the good exchange rate in the US should also check against our gallery picture to see if they have the recalled unit.

Replacement adapters will be available from 10 October and further information on the exchange programme can be found on the Apple website.

The launch of the iPhone 3G was one of the most anticipated technology events of the year, but it has been marred, by initial stock shortages, complaints over build quality, call quality and security issues.

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