updated 09:05 am EDT, Thu August 24, 2006
Batteries not safety risk
Apple's defective MacBook Pro batteries which had swelling problems (and were part of an Apple-sponsored exchange program) were not a safety risk, according to InformationWeek. The batteries--included with some MacBook Pro that shipped bew February and May--exhibited a "high-pitched buzzing sound", and although the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission found that the batteries were not a safety risk, it said that the batteries didn't meet the "high standards for battery performance." The U.S. CPSC did not reveal the manufacturer of the batteries, but when questioned if they were Sony and related to the Dell recall, the CPSC spokesperson replied: "We are looking at Sony batteries outside the scope of the Dell recall." The CPSC, however, reiterated, that unlike the Dell recall which has resulted in fires and claimed explosions, the recalled Apple batteries were not a safety hazard. Following the recent spate of battery-related issues, both Apple and Dell have joined a new battery standards conference, which will take place in San Jose, California later this year.