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Apple to Recall 1.8 Million Laptop Batteries

by Shivaranjan on August 25, 2006


After Dell now it is now Apple’s turn to recall the around 1.8 million laptop batteries which pose fire hazard due to overheating. Apple is recalling these laptops batteries as they were similar in characteristics to affected Dell batteries and were manufactured by Sony Energy Corp. The following battery models are affected:

Computer model Battery
model numbe
Battery serial
number range
12-inch iBook G4 A1061 HQ441 – HQ507
12-inch PowerBook G4 A1079 3X446 – 3X510
15-inch PowerBook G4 A1078 3X446 – 3X5

BBC News Report:

“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,” Apple said in a statement.

“Our number one priority is to recall and replace the affected batteries free of charge.”

According to US safety officials, the batteries were made by Sony, which also supplied similar batteries to Dell.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said that Sony, as the manufacturer of the recalled battery packs, “is responsible”.

While Apple is not expecting any “material financial impact” from the recall, Sony predicts that the recall of its Dell and Apple batteries will cost the firm between 20bn and 30bn yen ($172m to $258m).

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