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Hot off the Press - News & Commentary
Fri May 20, 1:53 PM PT

Apple must recall certain G4 iBook and PowerBook batteries -

Apple Computer Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

announced a recall on batteries used in some Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 laptop computers, saying the batteries could overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

It has been reported that there are about 128,000 Apple units in the United States are affected by the manufacturing flaw, which is an internal short in the batteries made by LG Chem Ltd. of South Korea and assembled in Taiwan or China, the Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesmen said.

Apple has received over six reports worldwide of batteries overheating, including two reports in the United States.

"If you have a recalled battery, please stop using it and order a replacement battery immediately. Once you have removed the battery, plug in the AC adapter to power the computer. If you must temporarily use your computer with the battery, do not leave it unattended and check for signs of overheating," Apple warns.

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"Our first concern is for the safety of our customers," Apple said in a statement. "However, we do not expect the cost of the recall to be material to Apple, and our supplier will bear those costs."

Only Llithium Ion batteries used with the 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4 are being recalled. Those recalled batteries include batteied labeled with model number A1061, A1078 and A1079 and with serial numbers that begin with HQ441 through HQ507 or 3X446 through 3X510.

If you own one of the effected batteries, you should remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit.

The computers and batteries affected were sold at national and regional Apple dealers, through catalogs and at Apple's online and retail stores sold from October 2004 through May 2005 for between $900 to $2,300. The batteries were also sold separately through the same outlets.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges owners to stop using the batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge.
Apple can be contacted regarding the battery recall at 1-800-275-2273 or on the following page at the company's Web site:

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