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Apple Announces Global Fake Charger Trade-In After Safety Issues

07/08/2013 11:11 BST | Updated 07/10/2013 10:12 BST

Apple has announced a worldwide program to replace counterfeit chargers after a number of high profile accidents involving third-party equipment.

The Californian computer giant said that it would happily exchange fake iPhone, iPad or iPod chargers and replace them with official Apple plugs, for a lower fee.

Last month a woman in China was reportedly killed when she answered her (real) iPhone 5 while it was plugged into the wall via a (fake) charger, prompting an investigation by Apple. Similar cases involving other phones and devices have been reported globally, with several involving cheap chargers.

While it referenced no specific incident in its blog post, Apple said "safety issues" had prompted the charger amnesty, which will run until 18 October.

It said:

"Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues. While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.

Customer safety is a top priority at Apple. That's why all of our products -- including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod -- undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world.

Starting August 16, 2013, if you have concerns about any of your USB power adapters, you can drop them off at an Apple Retail Store or at an Apple Authorized Service Provider. We will ensure that these adapters are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

If you need a replacement adapter to charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, we recommend getting an Apple USB power adapter. For a limited time, you can purchase one Apple USB power adapter at a special price -- $10 USD or approximate equivalent in local currency. To qualify, you must turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider for serial number validation"