Only model A1300 chargers are affected, so iPhone users are invited to check the model number of their USB adapter.
The faulty chargers were shipped with older iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS models and were also available for purchase separately. After an internal investigation, Apple concluded that this particular charger model can pose a safety risk. Thus, the company decided to play it safe and offer a free replacement for the old power adapters. Furthermore, in the event that someone believes he/she might have been charged because of a defective adapter then these persons are invited to call the Apple hotline for more details.
In a statement posted under the support folder of the apple.com website the company detailed: “Apple has voluntarily introduced a program for customers to exchange the Apple 5W European USB Power Adapter which came with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models through September 2012, because in rare cases the adapter may overheat and pose a safety risk,”
iPhone users are asked to discontinue using the old chargers until they exchange these for the newer models. Until then Apple suggests charging your phone via USB as a safe alternative. Some people might consider it funny how the company recalls chargers so late but Apple most likely only recently found out about this problem due to these cases of defective chargers being so rare.