Apple has issued a recall for the iPhone 3G USB power adapter due to a flaw that can cause the metal clips to break off inside of the outlet. The adapters were supplied with iPhone 3Gs sold in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. In addition the adapters were sold as standalone accessories in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, and Panama.
The USB power adapters supplied with the original iPhone are not affected by this recall.
Due to a risk of electric shock, Apple has encouraged customers to discontinue use of the faulty adapter until their new adapters arrive. Users are encouraged to charge their phone by connecting to their computers or using a standard-sized USB power adapter if they have one.
Replacement adapters will begin shipping starting October 10 to users who register at Apple's website, or you can wait and exchange your adapter at an Apple store starting that same day. You will need your iPhone's serial number to complete the registration, but once registered Apple will send you the replacement adapter and packaging to send your old adapter back to Apple.
Apple reports this flaw has only affected a small number of users and no injuries have been reported.