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Apple recalls 1.8 million laptop batteries

Posted: 28 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple Computer? Dell Computer? Sony? Li-ion battery pack? power?

Apple Computer recalled 1.8 million Sony-based, rechargeable Li-ion battery packs for a number of its iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebook computers.

The recall, reported in a release by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, involves 1.1 million battery packs sold inside the United States, and 700,000 sold outside.

According to the notice, the Li-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The company has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported.

The recalled Li-ion batteries were used with Apple's 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4 laptops sold from Oct. 2003 through Aug. 2006. The packs were assembled in Japan, Taiwan and China. The company has advised consumers to check its website to determine whether their batteries fall under the recall and request a replacement battery.

For Apple, the recall is another black mark for the computer maker. The company said last week that it would pay $100 million to Singapore's Creative Technology Ltd in an out-of-court settlement of the MP3 patent dispute between the companies.

The Apple recall is the second this month involving batteries made by Sony. Two week ago, Dell Computer recalled 4.1 million laptop batteriesalso with cells manufactured by Sonydue to reports of laptops overheating and causing damage.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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