Note: Change of Telephone Number and Hours.


Recall Hotline: (800) 426-7378

May 18, 2000

IBM Contact: Tim Blair, (914) 766-3052

Release # 00-110

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, of Armonk, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 220,000 AC adapters that are used with certain models of IBM notebook computers and other mobile devices. These AC adapters can overheat, posing a fire hazard. IBM has received nine reports of the AC adapters overheating, including one report of fire causing minor damage. There have been no reports of injuries.

The recall includes AC adapters used only with IBM ThinkPad 310 (type 2600 only) and IBM ThinkPad i Series (type 2611 only) notebook computers, and IBM WorkPad z50 (type 2608 only) companion devices. The AC adapter is a small rectangular black plastic box that, on one end, has a permanently attached wire that connects to the computer, and on the other end has a detachable cord that plugs into an AC outlet. It is approximately 2.5 inches long by 4.5 inches wide by 1.25 inches high. The label reads in part, "AC Adapter," "Made in China" and "Delta Electronics (Dougguan) Co., Ltd." It has a FRU p/n number of 12J0537, 12J0539 or 02K6562.

Electronic and computer stores nationwide, and the IBM web site and other on-line retailers sold these AC adapters with mobile devices from May 1997 through November 1999. They also were sold separately for about $50.

Consumers should contact IBM to receive a free replacement AC adapter. Consumers also will receive a 15 percent discount coupon for Options by IBM merchandise when the recalled AC adapter is returned. For more information, contact IBM at (800) 426-7378 anytime, or go to the firm's web site at

No other IBM AC adapters are part of this recall.