Hypercom Inc., No. 2 to Verifone Inc. in the manufacture of point of sale terminals, is launching a nationwide program to help retailers make sure their equipment will accept credit cards that expire in the year 2000 and beyond.

As is possible throughout the computer industry, the two-digit code for 2000-00-could cause systems to go haywire. Equipment could reject cards with expiration dates of 00 and beyond.

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