You Too Can Prevent Laptop Fires, Says Consumer Safety Agency

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MENLO PARK, August 24, 2006 (PodTech News) — Apple Computer Inc. today recalled 1.8 million lithium-ion laptop computer batteries built by Sony. The announcement came just 10 days after PC-maker Dell Inc.’s recall of over 4 million Sony-made notebook computer batteries because they could burst into flames. Sony’s statement on the issue said the problems were caused by microscopic metal particles in the battery cell hitting other parts of the cell, which could cause a short circuit. PodTech’s Catherine Girardeau called Scott Wolfson of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to talk about the recall.

REPORTER’S NOTES: If you’ve got a 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 or a 15-inch PowerBook G4 sold in the U.S. between October 2003 and August 2006 in your hot little hands, you better take it outta that baby and contact Apple via the Recall Hotline (no pun intended, we assume) at (800) 275-2273, or

The dirt on the reported Qantas Airlines restrictions on use of Dell laptops on board mentioned in this story is fully dished up across the blogosphere. Join in on Techdirt. Check out the flaming photo on jkontherun. Stay cool out there.

— Catherine Girardeau

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