Apple Recalls 570,000 Power Adapters

July 08, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Apple Computer Inc. (Cupertino, CA) announced a voluntary recall of 570,000 power adapters. The adapters were sold with PowerBook G3 notebooks shipped from May 1998 until March 2000. The two-pronged ac adapters, model number M4402, could overheat, posing a fire hazard. Their label reads in part, "Macintosh PowerBOok 45W AC Adapter." No Titanium PowerBook G4 or iBook ac adapters are part of this recall.

The recall is being done in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Apple had received six reports of the adapters overheating, all without injury. The company advises that customers stop using the adapters and avoid leaving them unattended while plugged into any power outlet. Customers who contact the company will receive a free replacement.