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Apple launches exchange programme for faulty European iPhone adapters

Apple is recalling a glut of its iPhone chargers that pose significant safety risks just months after launching a takeback programme for dangerous third party chargers.

The advisory, which only covers European chargers, involves free chargers shipped with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S models between October 2009 and September 2012 with Apple advising that it was not sold as a standalone accessory.

“Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the Apple 5W European USB power adapter may overheat and pose a safety risk,” a statement from the company confirmed.

Related: Apple charger takeback plan extended to UK, Germany and Australia

Apple’s programme affects chargers that feature the words “Model A1300” and “CE” in solid grey, which is outlined in the picture at the top of this article. The redesigned adapter that will be provided to customers free of charge carries the model number “Model A1400” and “CE” is a grey outline as opposed to the solid one in the earlier model.

The adapter can be exchanged at any Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorised Service Provider and the iPhone serial number involved will have to be provided as part of the exchange process.

It also added that customers that have already replaced an adapter due to this problem would be reimbursed to the cost of the purchase and then provided with one of the new adapters.

iPhone users worried about no being able to use their phone whilst waiting for a replacement can simply disconnect the USB cable that comes with the adapter and plug it into computer during the wait time.

Customers across Europe, and other parts of the world, have already been aparty to one Apple charger programme that covered replacement third-party iPhone, iPod and iPad USB power adapters with an official one offered for the bargain price of £8.