Apple battery fiasco

Summary:The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notified the public that Apple would be recalling 1.8 million Lithium Ion batteries sold for the PowerBook G4 and iBook G4. The third such recall for Apple in 15 months.

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Hours after posting yesterday that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determined that substandard batteries for Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro "didn't pose any safety threat" the same organized notified the public that Apple would be recalling 1.8 million Lithium Ion batteries sold for the PowerBook G4 and iBook G4.

According to the CPSC release:

Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported.
Shortly after the CPSC released word of the massive recall Apple posted a page dedicated to the iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 Battery Exchange Program stating:
Apple has determined that certain lithium-ion batteries containing cells manufactured by Sony Corporation of Japan pose a safety risk that may result in overheating under rare circumstances. The affected batteries were sold worldwide from October 2003 through August 2006 for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4.

The affected batteries are found in the following notebooks:

Computer model Battery model number Serial number range
12-inch iBook G4 A1061 ZZ338 - ZZ427
3K429 - 3K611
6C519 - 6C552
12-inch PowerBook G4 A1079 ZZ411 - ZZ427
3K428 - 3K611
15-inch PowerBook G4 A1078 and A1148 3K425 - 3K601
6N530 - 6N551
6N601

Yesterday's PowerBook and iBook battery recall is the third such recall for Apple in 15 months after 15-inch MacBook Pro batteries were recalled in July 2006 and iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 batteries were recalled in May 2005. Battery safety is an especially hot button issue (pardon the pun) right now in light of Dell's recall of 4.1 million batteries earlier this month.

This latest recall could have larger implications and lead to a wider probe of all of the Lithium Ion batteries manufactured by Sony.

Topics: Apple

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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