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Apple recalls 1.8m notebook batteries

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu August 24, 2006

Apple recalls batteries

Apple today in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of its rechargeable lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony for certain iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebooks. The recalled batteries can overheat, according to Apple, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Apple said it has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. Affected models include the 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4, and 15-inch PowerBook G4. Apple is instructing owners of these notebooks to remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit.

Batteries that shipped with 12-inch iBook G4 laptops eligible for a free replacement under the recall display a model number of A1061, with serial numbers: ZZ338 through ZZ427, 3K429 through 3K611, and 6C510 through 6C626.

12-inch PowerBook G4 notebook owners eligible for a free replacement under the recall must possess a battery with model number A1079, displaying a serial number falling within ZZ411 through ZZ427 or 3K428 through 3K611.

Batteries that shipped with 15-inch PowerBook G4 notebooks eligible for a free replacement under the recall display model numbers of A1078 and A1148, with serial numbers: 3K425 through 3K601, 6N530 through 6N551, and 6N601.

Owners of iBook G3 laptops who recently purchased or received an extra battery for an iBook G3 are also asked to check the battery serial number, as some replacement batteries may be affected by the recall.

If you participated in a previous battery recall for any of these computer models or recently purchased or received from Apple an extra battery for an iBook G3, please check your battery serial number in case you received a replacement battery that is affected by this program.

Apple estimates roughly 1.1 million faulty battery packs were sold in the U.S., with another 700,000 sold outside the country.

Recalled batteries were sold through Apple's online store, Apple retail stores nationwide, and Apple Authorized Resellers from October 2003 through August 2006 in notebooks priced between $900 and $2,300. Faulty batteries were also sold separately for about $130.

Apple is suggesting users remove the recalled batteries and contact the company to arrange for a free replacement, free of charge. Users requiring the use of their systems are advised to plug their laptops into the AC adapter until a replacement battery arrives.

Sony today announced that it supports Apple's decision to recall batteries manufactured by the company, and said it anticipates no further recalls of batteries using the particular battery cells currently responsible for Apple's recall. [updated]

by MacNN Staff




  1. jchen

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Indeed, battery recalls can happen to EVERYONE. But I look forward to reading comments that will somehow justify this.

  1. super_steak

    Joined: Dec 1969



    1 p.m., CST, nothing on Apple's web site (usually stuff like this is on the bottom of the first page).

    Methinks this is inaccurate.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nope, it was breaking news on CNN at 1:20

  1. vexingv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    in the mean time?

    my 12" powerbook's (rev c) battery from april '04 is included in this recall. apple states 4-6 weeks for a replacement. what am i supposed to do in the mean time? if i remove the battery, the laptop is uneven...

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969



  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: in the mean...

    i need to check my powerbook again. i had a recall with my G4 Powerbook 15inch and they send the battery first (at least when i did the recall 3 years ago thats how it was) you send yours back when you get the new one

  1. The DJ

    Joined: Dec 1969


    don't worry

    @ vxingv

    I was one of the 'lucky' ones in an earlier battery recall on the iBook 12". You can enter your numbers on an Apple website later after which they will send you a new battery. Then you put the old one in the box of the new one, call UPS and they will pick it up again.

    In the meantime, just use the old one, but back up your stuff :D

  1. Tee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There is a discrepancy between the 12 Inch iBook G4 battery serial number ranges given by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the ones given by Apple...

    CPSC lists a range of 6C510 through 6C626 Apple lists a range of 6C519 through 6C552

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Expensive batteries!

    "Recalled batteries were sold through Apple's online store, Apple retail stores nationwide, and Apple Authorized Resellers from October 2003 through August 2006 for between $900 and $2,300."

    Wow! Thhose are some massively expensive batteries!

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wonder..

    .. if Sony is picking up the bill.

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