Class action suit targets fire-prone Apple MagSafe adapters

Posted on Thursday, May 07 2009 @ 15:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Apple is hit by a class action suit that accesses the company of neglecting a flaw in the MagSafe power adapter for MacBooks, the three plaintiffs claim everyday use of the MagSafe connector will inevitably fray the cable, creating a potential fire hazard. More info at Apple Insider.
The plaintiffs believe that day-to-day use, including winding the cable around the power adapter's pop-out guides, ends up destroying the cable over time -- and that Apple is aware of the problem but hasn't fully addressed it with a safer design.

All three at varying points have had to buy replacement MagSafe adapters for their systems that, in two cases, have already either needed a replacement or are showing signs of needing one. The plastic sheath on the cable in each circumstance was often melted away and exposed the bare wiring; Broad noted the heat was enough that it might have caused fire damage to his home if he hadn't been present to watch for the danger signs.
Pictured below is a burned Apple MagSafe adapter, uploaded to Flickr by Fox O'Rian.

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