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Here’s a quick heads-up for those of you living in any one of a number of countries that use European-style wall outlets: Apple has just recalled millions of AC adapters sold between October 2009 and September 2012 for fears that they could “pose a safety risk.”

Here’s the list of countries in which the affected adapters were sold:

  • 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

The model that is currently under the recall is Model A1300, with bold grey CE letters in the middle. This charger was included with the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S. If you have the redesigned adapter – Model A1400 with outlined white CE letters – you are not affected.

If this headline sounds a bit familiar, that’s because it is: Apple recalled millions of overheating iPhone chargers back in 2008, too. Thankfully, the company is again providing an easy way to get your affected adapters taken care of: simply make an appointment at an Apple Store or an Authorized Reseller, bring the charger and your iPhone (for serial number verification), and they will swap it out at no cost to you. Additionally, if you have paid for a replacement adapter due to the overheating of your original, Apple will refund your money if you contact them at the link below.

[Apple Support via The Independent]