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Apple recalling European iPhone chargers

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Apple is recalling European power adapters that were sold with several models of the iPhone over the course of nearly three years, a move the electronics giant said was due to rare cases of overheating.

The power adapters that were recalled, which were also sold as a standalone accessory, came with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S models and were shipped from October 2009 to September 2012. The recall affected 37 countries, mostly in Europe.

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

The company said it would exchange each affected power adaptor for a new, redesigned adapter. “We encourage customers to exchange any affected adapter for a new one as soon as possible,” Apple (AAPL) said. The company also said it would consider refunds if a customer believed they paid for a replacement charger due to the overheating issue.

The gadgets giant didn’t say how many chargers were affected by the recall, though dozens of markets were affected, and due to the wide scoop, millions of chargers are being recalled.