Today, Apple announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. In very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple is aware of 12 incidents worldwide.
The recall does not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters.
Because customer safety is the company's top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected plug adapters. Customers should visit www.apple.com/support/ac-wallplug-adapter for details about how to exchange the affected adapters for new, redesigned ones.
An affected two-prong plug adapter has either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter. Visit the program website for more details on how to identify an affected adapter."
Engadget added a handy note as follows: "To be clear, if you've got the two-prong plugs used in the US and China, or the bulky three-prong affair for the UK and Hong Kong, you're alright. It's just the long, round-pronged adapters mostly seen in Europe and the angled prongs used in Australia that you need to be on the lookout for. Assuming you do fall into the former camp, check your plug adapter for "either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter.
If you've got those telltale characters, you'll be able to visit an Apple Store for a replacement, or request one online."
Just for the record: It was just last week that Microsoft announced Surface Pro power cord recall