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Apple Recalls AC Adapters For Some Wall Street G3 PowerBooks

Apple Recalls AC Adapters For Some Wall Street G3 PowerBooks

by , 3:30 PM EDT, July 6th, 2001

Observer Chance Nielson just alerted us to a recall Apple has issued for Wall Street G3 PowerBooks (Pre-Pismo) AC adapters. According to Apple's recall page, there are two different adapters that shipped with these PowerBook models, one with a 3-pronged plug, and one with a 2-pronged plug, and only the 2-pronged plug is being recalled (see below for part numbers, an image of both models, and more information). From the statement on Apple's Web site:

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety authorities, Apple is voluntarily recalling certain AC adapters that were sold for use with PowerBook G3 systems shipped from May 1998 until March 2000. Apple has initiated an exchange program and will provide you with a new replacement AC adapter, free of charge.

No Titanium PowerBook G4 or iBook AC adapters are part of this recall.

The affected AC adapters could overheat, posing a fire hazard. Apple received six reports of these adapters overheating. No injuries have been reported. Apple urges you to order a replacement adapter immediately and not to leave your current AC adapter unattended while plugged into any power outlet.

The small rectangular black AC adapter box has a permanently attached cord on one end to connect to the computer and a detachable two-prong cord on the other end to plug into an AC outlet. It is approximately 4.75 inches long by 2 inches wide. The label located on the side of the adapter reads in part, "Macintosh PowerBook 45W AC Adapter" and "Model Number: M4402."

The recall only includes AC adapters with a two-prong connection that came with prior generation PowerBook G3 systems or that were purchased separately in standalone adapter kits for use in North America, Japan, Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions. The recall does not affect AC adapters with a three-prong connection (Model Number: M5159) that were supplied for use in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Thanks for letting us know, Chance. You can find more information on the recall, including the information on the exchange process, at Apple's Web site.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Kudos to Apple for issuing a voluntary recall. Some companies wait until being forced by the Federal government or other legal action to issue recalls, and this speaks well for the company that they have not taken that path.

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