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    Is this another urban myth or is it for real?
    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/...816375720.html
    are Lithium batteries that dangerous?
    also
    http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/lapto...mes-182257.php
    http://forumz.tomshardware.com/Dude-...ict192887.html

    May be I should have listed this under terorism.
    Last edited by wombat; 07-31-2006, 11:42 PM. Reason: extra links
    Disclaimer
    These views are my own and not of either my brigade or any other organisation.

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    yeah, that news really alarmed a lot of people. i guess the battery was just over exhausted. it could happen to any batteries used. when it over heats, it will cause an explosion.

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    • #3
      I will honestly say I didn't read the links you provided, however there are known issues with some dell batteries.

      You can read the *honest* info at:
      https://www.dellbatteryprogram.com
      http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml06/06056.html
      http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml01/01140.html
      http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml01/01013.html
      Take Care - Stay Safe - God Bless
      Stephen
      FF/Paramedic
      Instructor

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        Recall Widens

        SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Apple Computer Inc. will
        recall 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook PC batteries after nine
        overheated, the second major recall in the past 10 days
        involving battery cells made by Sony Corp.
        The recall, announced on Thursday, is the second-biggest in
        U.S. history involving electronics or computers. Just last
        week, No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion
        batteries, also with Sony-made cells.
        Apple, like Dell, said it did not expect any "material"
        financial impact on its business. Sony, however, said the two
        recalls would cost it between 20 billion yen and 30 billion
        yen, or $172 million to $258 million.
        The higher figure equals about one-fourth of Sony's net
        profit forecast for the current business year to March.
        Sony's stock slumped more than 3 percent in early morning
        trade in Tokyo on Friday to fall below the 5,000 yen level for
        the first time in about one month. It has since clawed back
        some ground, and was down 1.57 percent at 5,020 yen by 0131
        GMT.
        Apple shares rose slightly on Nasdaq.
        "Sony clearly has a problem here," said Tim Bajarin,
        principal analyst at Creative Strategies in San Jose,
        California. "There's a problem with the batteries overheating."
        Bajarin noted, however, that in Apple's case there were no
        reported notebook fires, while several of the recalled Dell
        computers had erupted in flames. Dell said it had reports of
        six batteries overheating, but no injuries were reported.
        Apple's devices caused minor burns to two users, U.S.
        safety regulators said.
        The recall tally involving Sony batteries has now reached
        nearly 6 million and highlights the potential hazards of
        lithium-ion batteries, which also power a wide range of
        portable devices including music players and cellphones.
        About 100 million notebook computers are sold annually
        worldwide, Bajarin said. They are the fastest growing segment
        of the personal computer market.
        Tokyo-based Sony on Thursday said in a separate statement
        that it did not anticipate further recalls of batteries using
        the potentially faulty cells.
        Cupertino, California-based Apple will recall 1.1 million
        batteries sold with notebook computers in the United States and
        700,000 abroad, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
        said.
        "Our No. 1 priority is to recall and replace the affected
        batteries free of charge," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said.
        The reported overheating incidents were due to "contamination"
        in the Sony battery cells, he said, but added that he did not
        have further details.
        Roger Kay, president of market researcher Endpoint
        Technologies Associates, said the affected Sony battery cells
        might overheat or catch fire when tiny metal fragments,
        remnants of the manufacturing process, break loose and cause
        short-circuits. Dell also pointed to "contamination" in the
        Sony battery cells as the cause of its problems.
        RECALL PERIOD
        The batteries were sold with Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook
        G4 computers from October 2003 through this month, according to
        the safety commission. None of Apple's most recent notebooks
        using microprocessors from Intel Corp. are affected, Dowling
        said.
        Apple had said last week after the Dell recall that it was
        reviewing its notebook batteries to ensure they met its
        standards.
        "The key message to consumers is these lithium-ion
        batteries can actually overheat and pose a fire hazard," said
        Scott Wolfson, spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety
        Commission in Washington.
        Shares of Apple closed up 50 cents at $67.81 on Nasdaq.
        Earlier, they had dipped as low as $66.27 after the recall
        announcement.
        The recall follows a smaller Apple recall of lithium-ion
        batteries in certain iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebooks sold
        worldwide from October 2004 through May 2005. Those batteries
        were made by LG Chem Ltd. of South Korea, according to Apple's
        Web site.
        Dell of Round Rock, Texas, last week began a voluntary
        recall of 2.7 million batteries sold in the United States and
        1.4 million sold overseas. The Dell-branded batteries were in
        computers sold from April 2004 through July 18 of this year.
        (Additional reporting by Ritsuko Ando in New York, and Aiko
        Hayashi and Nathan Layne in Tokyo)
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