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article imageApple replaces overheating phone chargers

By Tim Sandle     Jun 15, 2014 in Technology
Tech giant Apple has said that it will replace a series of "overheating" device chargers throughout Europe. The issue relates to a USB iPhone charger sold between October 2009 and September 2012.
The announcement about the chargers comes via an advice note in which Apple recommends that those who own the adapter to stop using it because the charger "may overheat and pose a safety risk." Apple adds that the malfunction only occurs in "rare cases." The company is offering to exchange the defective items free of charge.
The charger was originally sold as part of an iPhone kit, shipped with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S models . The Daily Mail states that model was sold in 37 countries, including some countries in Africa and Asia, but not in the UK. In addition, the charger was also sold as a separate accessory. The charger's model number is A1300 and it features the letters "CE" in solid grey.
The full list of affected countries, according to International Business Times, is: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Vietnam.
This is not the first time that Apple has been hit by defective chargers. In 2008, the company offered to exchange defective iPhone 3G chargers in the US, Japan, Canada and several Latin American countries.
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