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  • MalahatTwo7
    Ya, I've not been able to find anything either. Lots about computer batteries, but nothing new on AED's.

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  • NJFFSA16
    Originally posted by hwoods
    You're good at Searching out stuff like this. See if you can track down a story about an AED that exploded recently in the Baltimore area.
    Harve...how did you come to hear about a Baltimore incident? I couldn't find anything anywhere..regarding the Baltimore area. Only that isolated incident in Florida from October 15, 1999.

    Last edited by NJFFSA16; 10-24-2006, 03:50 AM.

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  • NJFFSA16
    AP Business Writer
    TOKYO (AP) - Sony executives apologized Tuesday for a global
    recall in laptop batteries, acknowledging that the troubles had
    caused worries and inconvenience to consumers.
    The Japanese electronics and entertainment company said
    improvements in production, design and inspection have been made to
    prevent a recurrence of laptop overheating problems, which company
    officials said were caused by microscopic metal particles that
    mistakenly got inside the battery, causing short-circuiting.
    "We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the
    worries," Sony Corporate Executive Officer Yutaka Nakagawa said,
    bowing slightly with two other executives at a news conference at a
    Tokyo hotel.
    The executives were seated while they bowed and did not bow
    deeply standing as most Japanese executives generally do in public
    apologies for troubles at their companies, underlining how Sony has
    been reluctant to admit fault in the troubles with its laptop
    Sony said last week that about 9.6 million lithium-ion batteries
    are being recalled worldwide after reports of some computers using
    the Sony battery packs overheating and bursting into flames.
    Overnight a voluntary recall of 340,000 laptop batteries made by
    Sony Corp. was announced in the United States. The Consumer Product
    Safety Commission, the government's consumer-watchdog agency,
    issued the formal recall notice for U.S. consumers.
    The batteries, some of them in the Vaio brand laptop computers
    manufactured by Sony, could catch fire, the CPSC said.
    Sony is replacing the batteries free of charge in the recall
    that is affecting almost every major laptop manufacturer in the
    world, including Dell Inc., Apple Computer Inc., Lenovo Group,
    Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd.
    The CPSC said that computers made by Gateway Inc. were also
    affected but would not specify a number.
    The replacement program, which Sony started last month after
    major computer makers announced recalls of Sony-made batteries,
    will cover about 3.5 million units excluding batteries previously
    recalled by Dell, Apple and Lenovo, Sony said in a statement.
    About 9.6 million batteries will be recalled worldwide,
    including the estimated numbers for those three companies, the
    statement said, leaving unchanged a projection Sony made last
    Sony also left unchanged its estimate that the lithium-ion
    battery recalls will boost its costs by $427 million in the
    July-September period. Sony's statement such costs may grow.

    APTV 10-24-06 0201EDT

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  • MalahatTwo7
    Hmm haven't heard that one Harve, but I know a source which might.... Chief 18, Stand-by.

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  • hwoods
    Hey Rick!..............

    You're good at Searching out stuff like this. See if you can track down a story about an AED that exploded recently in the Baltimore area.

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  • NYSmokey
    NEW ALERT - Apple Laptops affected too

    Consumer Alert:
    Apple Recalls 1.8 Million Laptop Batteries

    Last Update: 8/24/2006 6:15:09 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones/AP) - On the heels of a recall by rival Dell, Apple Computer is issuing its own big recall of laptop computer batteries.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Apple plans to recall one-point-one (m) million batteries in the United States, plus 700-thousand sold abroad. A spokesman for the agency says it's the second-largest recall ever in the computer and consumer-electronics sectors.

    The recall affects lithium-ion batteries, which have been linked to reports of overheating and fires. The batteries were designed for Apple i-Book G-4 and PowerBook G-4 models that were purchased between October 2003 and August of this year.

    Just last week, Dell said it plans to recall more than four (m) million laptop-computer batteries made by Sony, citing the possibility that they could possibly overheat and catch fire.

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  • MalahatTwo7
    started a topic Lap Top Bursts Into Flames

    Lap Top Bursts Into Flames

    Laptop Bursts Into Flames -- Twice. Owner Says Laptop Was Charging

    POSTED: 7:42 am EDT August 24, 2006

    SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Firefighters were called to a home in Kansas Wednesday morning after a laptop computer burst into flames.

    Paul Kupperman said his wife, Juli, was at their Shawnee home reading e-mail on a different computer when the Sony Vaio laptop computer caught fire.

    "Flames started to shoot out from all different directions," Juli Kupperman said.

    She put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and called him at work to tell him what happened.

    "(The laptop) burst into flames again while she was on the phone with me. So I dropped the phone and called 911 and started for home. She had it put out on the driveway by the time everyone got here," Paul Kupperman said.

    Kupperman said his laptop computer was turned off, but was charging at the time of the fire. He said the only damage was a smudge on the wall and fire extinguisher dust on the furniture.

    Juli Kupperman said she's learned her lesson.

    "I would say don't leave your laptop plugged in when you're not right there with them," she said.

    Laptop fires are not new. Earlier this month, Dell recalled 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they can overheat and catch fire. The batteries were made by Sony and placed in notebooks that were shipped between April 2004 and July 18.

    The Kuppermans' laptop used a Sony lithium-ion battery, which is a different battery than the one recalled.

    For more about Dell's recall, visit their Web site or call (866) 342-0011.

    Distributed by Internet Broadcasting.
    1. Dell notebook computer batteries

    Got Dell? Don’t go unplugged.

    In case you missed last week’s buzz, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Dell notebook computer batteries involving approximately 2.7 million units within the US and 1.4 million outside the US.

    Manufactured by Sony, the Dell-branded lithium-ion batteries in the notebook computers can overheat and pose a fire hazard. Fortunately, there have been no injuries reported, but Dell has received six reports of the batteries overheating and damaging furniture and personal effects.

    The batteries affected by the recall were sold either separately for or with the following Dell notebook computers:

    Latitude™ D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810

    Inspiron™ 6000, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705

    Dell Precision™ M20, M60, M70 and M90 mobile workstations; and

    XPS™, XPS Gen2, XPS M170 and XPS M1710.
    Dell recommends that consumers stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact the company to receive a replacement. Note that you can continue to use the computer. Simply remove the battery (with the system off, of course) and power the computer using the AC adapter and power cord.

    For more information, contact Dell at 1.866.342.0011 or visit www.dellbatteryprogram.com. View this recall online.

    2. Black & Decker Cordless Electric Lawnmowers
    In 2002, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of 140,000 Black & Decker and Craftsman-brand lawnmowers. That recall has now been expanded.

    In the original recall, there were 11 repots of an electrical component in the lawnmower overheating, resulting in one minor hand burn and property damage. Since the original recall, Black & Decker has received an additional 10 reports of electrical components in the lawnmower overheating.

    The products affected by the recall are:

    Black & Decker cordless electric lawnmower, model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R, labeled as Type 1 through Type 2

    Craftsman-brand cordless electric lawnmowers model number 900.370520
    All consumers — including those who had their mowers repaired in the previous recall — should contact either Black & Decker at 1.866.229.5570 or Craftsman at 1.888.375.9741 for more information or visit www.blackanddecker.com. View this recall online.

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