London: Software and mobile manufacturer Apple has reportedly launched a worldwide programme to replace third-party and counterfeit USB charges following electrocution of a Chinese woman by a non-Apple charger.
According to the BBC, Apple will replace third-party chargers for an official replacement on payment of 10 dollars or the equivalent in local currency.
The move comes in light of the recent incident where a Chinese woman, Ma Ailun was killed when she answered her iPhone 5 while it was plugged into a wall charger, which was later blamed to be the cause of the death.
The report added that the programme which begins on 16 August and will run till 18 October, requires customers to hand over the third-party device and give the serial number of the iPhone, iPod or iPad it is being used to charge and the 10 dollar or equivalent fee is a discount on the usual price of a charger.
Owners will only be able to trade in one adapter for each relevant Apple gadget they own.
Apple said that the third-party and fake chargers would be 'disposed of in an environmentally friendly way', the report added.
First Published: Wednesday, August 07, 2013, 11:34