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NEC to recall desktop PCs due to fires

Posted: 22 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:desktop PC? PC? PC recall? NEC? Sharon Gaudin?

Fire danger and recalls aren't just for laptops anymore. NEC has issued a desktop PC recall in Japan after two of its computers caught fire.

The Japanese manufacturer is recalling 14,600 Valuestar desktops, which were only sold in Japan, according to Kazuko Andersen, a company spokeswoman. She said the computers have a defective part in the power supply unit.

According to Andersen, the two desktops caught fire because of the defect, though there was no damage caused to the homes where they were being used. Valuestar G and Valuestar H, which are both being recalled, are consumer units.

"We're telling users to not continue using it until they replace that defective part," she said, adding that the company is concerned there could be further overheating or fire dangers.

In the past several months, notebook vendors, including Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony, and Toshiba, all have issued battery recalls. A percentage of the batteries were overheating and even caused fires in a few cases.

Andersen says NEC hadn't issued any recalls this year for laptops based on battery issues.

- Sharon Gaudin

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