updated 10:10 am EDT, Mon July 12, 2010
Units may suddenly stop working
A recall notice has been issued for a select number of Time Capsule routers. Some models may suddenly shut down again after startup, Apple notes, or simply not power on at all. The faulty units were sold between February and June of 2008, and should have serial numbers ranging between XX807XXXXXX and XX814XXXXXX.
Apple says it can either fix or replace affected Capsules at no cost. Owners must normally talk to an authorized service provider, an Apple Contact Center, or a Genius at an Apple Store; the latter requires an appointment. If any important data is on a Capsule's drive though, options for preserving the content can vary.
In the US or Japan people can contact Apple and arrange for mail-in service, which is said to have three to five days of turnaround. In all other places people must have an Apple Store or a service provider transfer the data to a replacement Capsule, and turnaround times can differ depending on the region.
In any circumstance, if a person has already paid to fix the specified problem they can contact Apple for a refund. The recall plan is only valid up to three years after the original date of purchase, barring future extensions.