Apple recalls faulty USB-C MacBook charging cables

“Apple has issued a recall for a ‘limited number’ of faulty USB-C charging cables, which were included with MacBook$1,289.00 at Amazon computers through June 2015,” Angela Moscaritolo reports for PC Magazine. “Affected cords ‘may fail due to a design issue,’ the company said. ‘As a result, your MacBook may not charge or only charge intermittently when it’s connected to a power adapter with an affected cable.'”

“The company is now offering all eligible customers a free replacement cord. The recall also covers Apple USB-C charging cables that were sold as a standalone accessory,” Moscaritolo reports. “Affected cables have the words “Designed by Apple in California” followed by “Assembled in China” stamped on them. The new, redesigned cables include a serial number after that text.”

“If your cable includes a serial number, you’re good to go,” Moscaritolo reports. “If not, you may be eligible for a replacement.”

More info in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Serial numbers, good. No serial number, bad. If the latter, get a free replacement ASAP!

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  1. The description of the cable represents far more than Amazon or retail accessories. I will check if mine has a SN. We are approaching the realm of ridiculous, when add long serial numbers to cables.

    Whatever happened to “K.I.S.?” I suppose there is a difference between “elegantly simple” vs “simply elegant”

  2. Apple has had consistently BAD cable quality for years. Why the frack can’t they get a decent supplier and stick with them? Is this the result of low bidding from crap producers? Who keeps being fooled by this foolishness? It’s COSTING Apple!

    1. BTW: This is me ranting in part because I have black electrical tape on two cracked parts of the charging cable for my MacBook Pro 2013. I defensively applied the tape because I had a charging cable for my old 2003 MacBook short, spark and smoke at me a few years back. Apple kindly replaced it for free. But why was is crap cable let out to the public in the first place?! Cheap cheap cheap.

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