Networking hardware maker
Cisco Systems, Inc.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
today announced the recall of about 95,000 power adapters used on certain Cisco ADSL routers. According to the warning issued by the company and government agency, the power supplies on some of these devices pose a fire hazard.
Cisco and the CPSC indicate that under certain circumstances, the AC adapters can overheat and melt a hole through the housing, posing a fire hazard. The exposed wires would pose a shock hazard, too.
Now, not all Cisco routers are part of the problem. In fact, the overheating problem has only happened once that Cisco knows of, and no injuries or property damage have been reported. But still, you’re better safe than sorry — if you’re using one of these devices, it’s probably wise to take advance of the exchange program.
The specific adapter mentioned by the recall is part number 34-0949-02 — you can find the part number on the adapter label, below the Cisco Systems logo. The power adapter itself is a small back AC unit.
Routers affected by the recall carry the following model numbers:
Service providers and distributors sold routers with these power adapters from April 2000 through September 2001, according to Cisco Systems.
Consumers who are using these routers and who have this specific power supply are encouraged to stop using them immediately and call Cisco at 800.553.2447, or visit the company’s Web site. Cisco will arrange to ship a free replacement.