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Apple announced the creation of the Apple Ultracompact USB Power Adapter Exchange program to replace potentially dangerous power adapters that have been shipped with each 3G iPhone. The safety risk can occur when the power adapter’s metal prongs break off when being pull from a power outlet, remaining attached to the outlet and posing a threat for electrical shock and fire. Though no serious incidents have been reported yet, Apple has received enough reports of breaking prongs to warrant the exchange program. If you bought the iPhone 3G or standalone adapter in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, or South America, then you may be affected.
Apple will replace your adapter with a new redesigned one (pictured above) which looks to have more rounded and sturdier prongs compared to its predecessor and can easily be identified by a green dot. If your power adapter already has a green dot, then you don’t need to worry as you already have the latest, safest hardware.
If you believe you are affected, you can simply fill out the web form or visit any Apple store after October 10, when the new power adapters will start shipping. Meanwhile, Apple recommends charging your iPhone through your computer.