March 4, 2003IBM Has Recalled Computer Monitors
- IBM, has recalled
56,000 computer monitors. The monitor's circuit board can overheat and
smoke, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
IBM has received five reports of monitors overheating and smoking, including
one report of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled IBM monitors include the G51 CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) and G51t
Touch Screen CRT models. The G51 and G51t monitors have the following model
numbers on a label on the back of the unit: 6541-02N, 6541-02E, 6541-02S,
6541-Q0N, 6541-Q0E, and 6541-Q0S. The label on the back of the recalled G51
models also has a date of manufacture between June 1997 and September 1997.
The "IBM" logo can be found on the front of the units, which were
manufactured in China and Malaysia.
IBM, MicroTouch Systems, and major retail stores nationwide, including Best
Buy, CompUSA, Office Max, and Radio Shack, sold the monitors from June 1997
through December 1998 for about $370.
Consumers should stop using these monitors immediately and contact the IBM
Repair Center at (866) 644-3155 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday for a free inspection and repair or replacement. For more
information, consumer can log on the company's website at www.ibm.com/pc/g51recall