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Iomega has issued a recall for over 60,000 power supply units which it shipped with external versions of its Jaz 2GB removable hard disk product. Some remanufactured 1GB drives may also be affected. The recall is targetting all PSUs shipped from the beginning of September 1998. Over 46,000 of the faulty units were shipped to Europe and Asia -- the remaining number went to North America. The PSUs were manufactured for Iomega by Cortech Systems and used only with Jaz drives -- other products use different PSUs from other manufacturers, the company said. Iomega wouldn't say what exactly was wrong with the offending units beyond stating that "the plastic PSU case provided by Cortech Systems was not constructed of plastic originally specified by Iomega". That suggests heat from the unit's transformer was causing the PSU's casing to melt, creating the possibility of injury from the melted plastic itself or exposure to the high-voltage components within. Readers concerned that their Jaz PSU might be affected by the fault should check out Iomega's Recall Web site. The company promised it would replaced PSUs free of charge, returning correctly specified units to US customers in two to five business days; non-US customers will have to wait one to two weeks for their replacements. ®

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