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IBM has a rethink on AC adapters

IBM is recalling over half a million ThinkPad AC power adapters after receiving reports that some have overheated, causing damage to the notebooks

IBM is recalling over half a million ThinkPad AC power adapters after receiving reports that some have overheated, causing damage to the notebooks.

Altogether, some 553,000 adapters are being recalled following reports that some had overheated, causing melting of the adapter housing and minor damage, although IBM is stating that “none of the incidents has resulted in reports of personal injury”.

The affected adapters were shipped between January 1999 and August 2000, and were shipped primarily with the ThinkPad i Series and ThinkPad 390 and 240 series and the S series. IBM is warning however that some customers may be using them with different ThinkPad models.

The adapters can be identified by the hollow three-pin male connector on the adapter brick and they carry the part number 02K6549 on a label at the top. No other adapter is affected, IBM said.

If a customer has an adapter affected by the recall they should contact IBM who will replace it free of charge. Customers outside the US should contact their nearest IBM Support Centre. IBM is also warning customers not to leave their current AC adapter plugged into a power outlet.

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