Apple battery fiasco

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.


apple-batteries.pngHours 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

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.

Topic: Apple

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  • 4 to 6 weeks in unacceptable

    Apple's advice is to pull your battery out of your laptop and run it off the AC adaptor. Which is fine advice, except it will apparently take up to 6 weeks to get an exchanged battery. I'm supposed to spend a month and a half with no portability for my laptop?

    Why can't I just exchange the battery at my local Apple store?
    tic swayback
    • Agreed

      I had pretty much the same reaction. It's ridiculous considering someone here at work is having a couple of day turnaround with the Dell recall.
    • jsaltz

      You can't exchange your battery at your local Apple story because it is all about the benjamins. It's a dirty shame. Apple is an abomination. 'nuff said.
    • whatever

      When I submitted my claim for my MacBook Pro battery I received it
      2 days later.
      • Hope so

        I'm hoping Apple is overstating the delivery time.
        tic swayback
    • Yes, I agree as well...

      I bought both my 12" iBook and PowerBook at my local Apple
      Store and made sure they had all my contact info. I trust they
      keep some sort of files of customers who bought equipment, As
      one poster here said "it is about benjamins". I'd have to agree,
      but LOST benjamins, because when someone is kind enough to
      contact me and infor me that they have a replacement waiting
      for me to pick up -- no charge -- I would likely end up buying
      something there as well. Everytime I have gone up to that Apple
      Store I have picked up at least one thing. Don't they know their
      demographics yet? That place is like a cash magnet for me.
      Apple really needs to tighten up their act a bit more.
      • uh...

        Uh, it should be mentioned that these batteries were built by Sony
        and they are also responsible for Dell's recall. 6 million batteries
        within a month have thus been recalled.

        And uh, Apple+Sony has to manufacture 1.8 million batteries for
        hardware that is entirely out of production and that spans over 3
        years worth of out of date models. This is certainly not something
        that happens overnight.
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