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Apple Recalls 1.8 Million Batteries

Today Apple announced a voluntary recall of 1.8 million lithium-ion batteries. Like Dell the affected batteries are those manufactured by Sony. The recall affects certain models of the iBook and PowerBook G4 series, especially those sold between October 2003 and August 2006.

Apple said it had received nine reports of overheated batteries. While no major injuries have been reported, there are two reports of minor burns from handling overheated batteries. Notebooks affected by the recall include the following systems:

 

    • 12” iBook G4

 

    • 12” PowerBook G4

 

    • 15” PowerBook G4


A1061 is the model number of the affected 12” iBook, and battery serial numbers include ZZ338 through ZZ427, 35429 through 3K611, and 6C510 through 6C626. The model number of the 12” PowerBook G4 is A1079. Affected serial numbers for this model are ZZ411 through ZZ427 and 3K428 through 3K611. Two models of the 15” PowerBook are affected by this recall. Those model numbers are A1078 and A1148I. In the 15” PowerBook affected battery numbers are 3K425 through 3K601, 6N530 through 6N551, and 6N601.

Sony has been named as manufacturer of the recalled cells by Apple and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Sony issued a statement indicating the cause of overheating in the batteries was a short circuit resulting from microscopic metal particles making contact with other parts of the battery cell. Sony does not anticipate any further recalls.

If you suspect that your system uses a recalled battery, stop using the laptop. For more information about Apple’s battery recall visit their battery exchange website. The SADA HelpDesk is also available if you have questions regarding the recall.

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