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IBM recalls 225,000 ThinkPad power adapters

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  1. MSM Hobbes

    MSM Hobbes Thread Starter

    Apr 22, 2004
    IBM recalling 225,000 ThinkPad power adapters due to fire hazard
    Laptop owners should stop using the affected hollow plug units


    and, w/ pictures:


    September 2, 2004
    Release # 04-208 IBM Recall Hotline: (800) 410-5629
    CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

    CPSC, IBM Announce Recall of AC Adapters for Notebook Computers
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

    Name of product: AC Power Adapters

    Units: About 225,000

    Importer: International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., of Armonk, N.Y.

    Manufacturer: Delta Electronics Inc., of Taipei, Taiwan

    Hazard: The adapters can overheat, cause damage to the circuit board and melt through the housing, which poses a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers.

    Incidents/Injuries: IBM has received six reports of incidents, including some with minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

    Description: The recalled 56W AC power adapters were shipped primarily with IBM ThinkPad i Series, 390 and 240 Series, and s Series notebook computers. The adapters have three hollow pins at the AC inlet and part number 02K6549 on a label on the top of the unit. The IBM logo appears on top of the unit. Adapters with solid pins are not included in this recall.

    Sold at: Electronics and computer stores nationwide, the IBM Web site, phone orders, mail-order catalogs, and resellers sold the adapters with the ThinkPad computers from January 1999 through August 2000. The adapters also were sold as an accessory during that time for about $55.

    Manufactured in: China.

    Remedy: Consumers should unplug the recalled adapters from the wall outlet immediately and contact IBM for a free replacement unit.

    Consumer Contact: Call IBM at (800) 410-5629 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log on to IBMÂ’s replacement unit Web site at www.AdapterProgram.com
  2. MSM Hobbes

    MSM Hobbes Thread Starter

    Apr 22, 2004
    Its now double the prior number...


    IBM Issues Recall Of 553,000 Notebook AC Adapters

    September 03, 2004

    IBM is recalling more than 500,000 AC adapters made for their ThinkPad notebooks between January 1999 and August 2000. These adapters may overheat, resulting in melting, posing a fire and electrocution hazard.

    The affected models were sold worldwide primarily with ThinkPad i Series notebook computers and ThinkPad 390 and 240 series notebook computers, and a limited number of IBM ThinkPad s Series notebooks.

    In a statement, IBM said they received some reports of "minor property damage," but none of the incidents has resulted in personal injury.

    You can identify a recalled adapter by looking on the AC adapter label containing the following part number: 02K6549.

    No other IBM ThinkPad AC adapters are affected.
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