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Apple joins Dell in Sony battery recall

Dell had to perform the walk of shame for the past weekafter the announcement that it was recalling 4.1 million batteries due to a possible fire risk. At least Dell can now take comfort in knowing that some of the heat that it is receiving will be tranof the heat will no longer be on it -- Apple is now joining in with a recall of 1.8 million notebook batteries.

As is the case with the Dell batteries recalled, Apple’s notebook batteries were also manufactured by Sony. The recall doesn't affect the newer Intel-based notebooks, but does include the 12" iBook G4, 12" PowerBook G4 and 15" PowerBook G4. Apple cites nine reports of batteries overheating and has noted that it has received two reports of minor burns and reports of property damage due to the faulty batteries.

Apple is requesting that customers dial (800) 275-2273 or visit http://depot.info.apple.com/batteryexchange/index.html" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow to request a replacement battery. Listed below are the notebooks affected by the recall:

Computer model name

Battery model number

Battery serial numbers

12-inch iBook G4

A1061

ZZ338 through ZZ427
3K429 through 3K611
6C510 through 6C626

12-inch PowerBook G4

A1079

ZZ411 through ZZ427
3K428 through 3K611

15-inch PowerBook G4

A1078 and A1148

3K425 through 3K601
6N530 through 6N551
6N601



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Hmmm... o.O
By WizzBall on 8/24/2006 9:11:17 PM , Rating: 3
9 out of 1800000 bateries represent exactly 0.0005%. I'm not sure if this is really a cause of concern, even if the number would be 10 times higher in reality, there's always a certain degree of error/rate of possible defects in a high volume product.

I don't know what the defect rate for the batteries is supposed to be but it seems a bit overkill to recall 2 million batteries for 10 that malfunctioned.

Do they expect that somehow the rate of defects will rise exponentially witht ime? Or perhaps they're afraid of lawsuits and bad PR?

Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks.




RE: Hmmm... o.O
By mindless1 on 8/25/2006 2:18:02 AM , Rating: 1
It's quite simple, they're dangerous and the goal is to AVOID accidents, not wait till they all blow up (DUH?).


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