by Mary Wielski
October 5, 2006Multiple computer manufacturers are recalling batteries shipped with some models of laptop computers because of a risk of overheating, possibly resulting in fire. Several manufacturers who originally stated their batteries were unaffected by the problem have now announced their own recalls.
Not all of the computers affected by these recalls have batteries that need to be replaced, but because the batteries can present a serious fire hazard, you should check to see if your battery is part of the recall as soon as possible.
If your battery has been recalled, all affected manufacturers are advising that you use the AC power adapter until your replacement battery arrives.
Manufacturers with current recalls are:
The batteries affected by the Dell recall were shipped between April 1, 2004, and July 18, 2006 and involve Latitude, Inspiron, XPS, and Dell Precision Mobile Workstation notebook computers. Dell's website for the recall is located at https://www.dellbatteryprogram.com/. Replacement batteries should ship within 20 business days.
Apple's website for the recall is located at https://support.apple.com/ibook_powerbook/batteryexchange/index.html. The models involved in the recall are the iBook G4 and Powerbook G4 shipped between October 2003 and August 2006.
Lenovo/IBM included these batteries in various ThinkPad models sold between Feburary 2005 and September 2006. Batteries sold as accessories or replacements during that time may also be affected. Their recall site at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=BATT-LENOVO includes an automated tool to determine if your battery is affected as well as manual instructions.
HP is recalling batteries sold in certain HP Pavilion, HP Compaq, Compaq Presario, and Compaq Evo models. Their recall site at http://bpr.hpordercenter.com/ebpr/landingpage.aspx lists the specific model numbers affected.
LSCR can help you determine whether the battery in your laptop is part of the recall. Registering your product will increase the likelihood that manufacturers will contact you directly in the event of a recall.
The faulty lithium-ion batteries were made by a unit of Sony Corp., which also supplies lithium-ion batteries to other vendors of laptops, cellphones, MP3 players, cameras, etc. To see if your lithium-ion battery should be replaced, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission site at http://cpsc.gov/ and search for recall notices by company.
The CPSC also has guidelines on safe use of laptop computers at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06271.html.