IBM monitor recall widened

IBM will expand its recall of certain monitors to include an additional 63,000 units with circuit boards that could overheat, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Thursday.

In March, IBM announced it would voluntarily recall 56,000 G51 and G51t monitors manufactured by Lite-On Technology Corp. of Taiwan that could overheat and produce smoke during use. A total of seven overheating incidents have been reported, CPSC said Thursday.

The original recall involved G51 CRT (cathode ray tube) and G51t Touch Screen monitors assembled between June 1997 and September 1997, but IBM has now extended that time frame to include models manufactured through September 1998. Users should check their IBM G51 or G51t monitors for the following model numbers: 6541-02N, 6541-02E, 6541-02S, 6541-Q0N, 6541-Q0E, and 6541-Q0S.

Any customer with one of those monitors should call +1-866-644-3155 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to see if their monitor should be replaced. Customers outside the U.S. can visit https://www.pc.ibm.com/g51recall/contact.html#numbers for a list of local contacts.

IBM will inspect affected monitors and either repair or replace the units, CPSC said.

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