Flaming laptops are no fun,especially when the fires are started by faulty batteries.In the wake of last week’s recall of 4 million Dell laptop batteries,Apple is recalling batteries used in the 12-inch iBook G4,12-inch PowerBook G4,and 15-inch PowerBook G4.The US Consumer Product Safety has a list of the affected serial numbers.The voluntary recall was announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission,with Apple’s cooperation,and covers 1.1 million batteries sold in the US as well as 700,000 batteries sold outside the US.
Like the batteries in the Dell laptops,those used by Apple were manufactured by Sony.In a statement today,Sony said that it does not anticipate any further recalls.The consumer electronics giant blames “microscopic metal particles” in the battery cells which,when they come into contact with other parts of the battery,can lead to a short circuit.In the majority of cases,this results in the battery powering down,but in rare (and highly publicized) instances,it can result in notebook flambe.
So far,only PowerBooks and iBooks are covered by the recall.MacBooks and MacBook Pros are not,although the latter model has been faced with battery problems of its own.Late last month,Apple began a voluntary 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Exchange Program,which allowed many owners of the Intel-based notebooks to trade their batteries in for a free replacement.That program was occasioned by reports of random shutdowns and expanding batteries.In light of the second major battery recall in less than two weeks,the news that Dell,HP,Apple,Lenovo,and others are working towards an industry standard for?lithium battery is especially welcome.Part of the standard will include safety specifications that should make battery-caused laptop fires nothing but a bad memory.
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