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  • NJFFSA16
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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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  • N2DFire
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    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

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  • boston21
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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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  • wombat
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    Hot Del laptops

    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

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