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Feds OK MacBook Pro batteries

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple didn't wait

    At least Apple didn't wait almost a year before acting. And that was for a problem that was performance and appearance related. Dell waited and waited and waited to act before doing anything about a spontaneous combustion problem. I'm surprised some lawyer hasn't started a class action suit yet against Dell over this. I doubt we've heard the last of this mess. Anyone care to opine on how long Dell will be the market leader in terms of units sold?

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HP will regain title

    It won't be long before HP regain's the number one position. Hurd knows how to make the most of what Carly started.

    Dell lost ground in server sales, dropping behind Sun into fourth place. Kevin Rollins won't last much longer...

  1. GreenApple123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    laptop battery

    I bought a replacement battery for my Dell laptop about a month ago from laptopsforless and it works great. Is there any reason to think that a replacement laptop battery would be any worse than the manufacturers?

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