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Acer recalls 27,000 Sony-made laptop batteries

Posted: 27 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Li-ion batteries? battery recall? overheating laptop batteries?

Taiwan-based Acer Inc. launched this week a recall of about 27,000, Sony-made Li-ion laptop batteries that could overheat and cause a fire, notes an

Worldwide recall of overheating batteries has amounted to more than 10 million since the problem was traced to Sony Corp. last year. Other computer makers that have issued similar recalls include Dell Inc., Lenovo and Apple Inc.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recorded dozen of reports concerning Li-ion batteries overheating. According to Acer, none of the known incidents involved its laptop models but it still worked with the consumer agency to conduct the voluntary recall.

The laptop models possibly containing the faulty batteries were the TravelMate series with 4-digit model numbers beginning with 242, 320, 321, 330, 422, 467, 561 and C20, and the Aspire series beginning with model numbers 556, 560, 567, 930, 941 and 980. The models were sold in the U.S. and Canada from May 2004 to November 2006 for between $500 and $1,500.

Acer said consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact the company for a free battery replacement. The affected laptops could still be used if powered by the AC adapter, the company said.

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