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Apple recalls 1.8 million laptop batteries

Move prompted by overheating fears

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Apple is recalling 1.8 million Sony-built laptop computer batteries because of fears they could overheat and catch fire.

The move comes two weeks after Dell announced the recall of 4.1 million laptop batteries due to fire risk fears. The batteries were also made by Sony.

Apple says it has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two customers who suffered minor burns after handling overheated computers.

The affected batteries were sold across the world between October 2003 and this August for use with the 12-inch iBook G4, the 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4.

Free replacement

An Apple statement said: ‘We discovered that some Sony batteries in previous models of PowerPC-based iBooks and PowerBooks do not meet Apple’s standards for safety and performance.

‘None of Apple’s Intel-based notebooks are affected, only certain models of previous iBooks and PowerBooks. Our number one priority is to recall and replace the affected batteries free of charge.’

Apple has set up a website page where you can check whether your computer is affected and find out more about the battery exchange programme.

Dell’s recall covered about 14 per cent of the Latitude, Inspiron, XPS and Precision notebooks sold between April 1, 2004 and July 18 of this year.

Dell recalled 22,000 laptop batteries in December 2005 because of a potential fire risk, and in 2001 it recalled 284,000 batteries for the same reason.

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