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Apple pays out over sparking power adaptors

2.3 million customers receive up to $79 each

Apple has agreed a settlement payout to 2.3 million customers of up to $79 each over claims that some of its power adaptors were giving off sparks.

Bloomberg reports that customers who purchased certain replacement adaptors for PowerBooks and iBooks are eligible for the settlement, according to documents filed 25 January in a US court, approved by a Judge in late March.

The move is Apple’s response to a class action filed in 2006. This claimed Apple misrepresented problems with the power adaptors.

The adapter "dangerously frays, sparks and prematurely fails to work," the plaintiffs said in court filings.

The company recalled about 570,000 power adaptors sold worldwide with PowerBook G3s in 2001, following reported overheating. Under the deal, Apple will pay cash to customers who purchased a power adaptor to replace a failed one.

Final approval of the settlement is expected in early September.


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