Friday, August 28, 2009

Laptop Batteries

Hi Marty,

Do you think your readers would like to see this?

Mary Scott

Nanaimo, BC

They say it is nothing to worry about, but if you can get a new battery but...

better safe than sorry, right?

Coroner warns about leaving laptops on couches

Vancouver man died in fire caused by laptop left running on couch

Connie Thiessen VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) | Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 12:02 pm


News1130 file photo

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - The B.C. Coroner's Service is issuing a warning after the province's first death attributed to a laptop computer fire. The Coroner is cautioning people, after a 56-year-old Vancouver man died six months ago when a computer overheated and caught fire within 50 minutes of being left on a couch, plugged in and turned on.

Since 2004, four other laptops that either overheated or short-circuited when left plugged in have caused fires. The Coroner's Service says computer equipment should always be operated on a hard surface that allows ventilation, and laptops should be shutdown, even for short periods of time, especially when placed in a carry bag.

Visit your laptop manufacturer’s website to confirm whether or not your battery is safe.

You can find information about product specific recalls at the following manufacturer websites:

HP laptop batteries recalled for overheating http://bpr.hpordercenter.com/hbpr/M14.aspx

Lawsuits: http://www.aboutlawsuits.com/notebook-battery-recall-1564/

Apple laptop battery recall: https://support.apple.com/ibook_powerbook/batteryexchange/main?id=qp (customers have some problems, if so Call & deal with Customer Relations - 1-800-767-2775)

Toshiba laptop battery recall : http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_dtlView.jsp?soid=1482876

Gateway laptop battery recall : http://www.gateway.com/battery/

Acer laptop battery recall : http://www.acerbatteryrecall.com/AcerWeb/

IBM laptop battery recall : http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=BATT-LENOVO

Dell laptop battery recall : http://www.dellbatteryprogram.com/

A limited number of batteries in use with various Apple and Dell Laptop models are being recalled. Apple and Dell are taking a proactive approach and recalling and replacing all batteries from specific production runs.

In cooperation with the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies worldwide, Dell announced on 08/14/06 the voluntary recall of approximately 4.1 million Dell-branded lithium-ion inspiron 6000 batteries with cells manufactured by Sony. Under rare conditions, it is possible for these batteries to overheat, which could cause a risk of fire.

Dell is working diligently with us to identify and locate any potentially affected batteries within our install base.

Thanks Mary

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