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Following deadly accidents, Apple offers $10 iPhone chargers on trade 

Aug. 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM ET

epa03734735 (FILE) File picture dated 11 January 2013 of customers at the Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, New York, USA. According t...
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Customers at the Apple Store at Grand Central Station in New York.

After two serious accidents in China linked to iPhone chargers, Apple is offering a swap-and-sale program for anyone who suspects their USB charger might be faulty. 

Apple Stores and retailers will sell iPhone, iPad and iPod owners a $10 Apple-made charger when they bring in their device and existing USB wire, even if it's made by a third party. The offer starts on August 16 and is valid until October 18. 

A flight attendant in China was killed by an electric shock after she reportedly answered a call on her iPhone 5, which may have been charging via a third-party device. In the same week, another accident left a 30-year old man in a coma after he received an electric shock while connecting his iPhone 4 to a third-party adapter.  

"Apple Retail and Apple Authorized Service Providers cannot advise you on the authenticity or safety of your adapter," Apple explains in the release — they'll simply hand you a new one. Though, the company does provide an online guide which explains how you can check whether the Apple charger you're using is authentic.

Nidhi Subbaraman writes about technology and science. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

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