About the Laptop-Battery Danger

Apple Computer announces it is recalling nearly 2 million notebook computer batteries that could overheat and catch fire. The batteries, like 4 million recalled by Dell, are made by the same supplier, Sony.For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

The Apple Computer company is recalling nearly two million laptop batteries like Apple A1008 because of a fire hazard. The move comes just over a week after rival computer-maker Dell announced its own battery recall. Both companies used batteries manufactured by the Sony Corporation.

Apple's recall of 1.8 million laptop batteries is the second biggest ever for a computer maker, topped only by Dell's Dell GK479 last week that it would replace more than four million batteries.

Mr. SCOTT WOLFSON (Spokesman, Consumer Product Safety Commission): We have the same issue once again of overheating, of that fire hazard. So once again, consumers need to pay attention to this recall.HORSLEY: Sony spokesman, Rick Clancy, says the battery cells involved in both recalls were made at the same Sony factory in Japan. Sony also makes batteries Acer Travelmate C300 battery for other PC makers, but Clancy does not expect any more recalls.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, batteries in at least six Dell laptops overheated or caught fire, causing some damage. The Commission's Scott Wolfson said Apple heard complaints from nine customers,likePowerBook G4 15 battery, two of whom suffered minor burns. Professor Sadoway has been looking for a way to build safer lithium ion cells by replacing the volatile liquid center with a solid. Even though such research is important, he says, it's not been terribly fashionable.

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