Apple follows Dell’s lead, recalls dangerous Sony batteries

Apple Computer has recalled 1.8 million Sony-manufactured laptop batteries, 700,000 of which were originally sold outside the US. However it's not known how many of these components are in use in the Middle East.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  August 27, 2006

Apple Computer has recalled 1.8 million Sony-manufactured laptop batteries, 700,000 of which were originally sold outside the US. However a spokesperson for Apple’s independent marketing company for the Middle East - Arab Business Machines (ABM) - told Windows Middle East today that it's not known how many of these components are in use in the Middle East. The affected batteries were sold between October 2003 and August of this year, and are used in the following Apple laptops: the 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. According to Apple, quoted on news.com today, the company has received nine reports of batteries overheating, with two users having reported minor burns and property damage. In the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s press release of last Thursday, it warned: "These lithium ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers." Like Dell last week, Apple has set-up its own web page about the recall, which can be found here. An ABM spokesperson today advised users in this region who have affected batteries that, “They should contact their local Apple Authorized resellers.” In other words, the shop at which they bought their product. Dell's recall of Sony-made laptop batteries last week was the largest such component recall in history.

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