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10/2/06 Laptop News



Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday recalled 1.8 million Sony-built laptop batteries that could overheat and catch fire.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two consumers who received minor burns after handling overheated computers. Apple has also received reports of minor property damage, but no serious injuries have been reported.

"These lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

Apple's recall comes two weeks after Dell Inc.'s recall of 4.1 million faulty laptop batteries also made by Sony - the largest electronics recall in the Consumer Product Safety Commission's history.

Apple's recall covers 1.1 million lithium-ion batteries in the 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4 laptops sold in the United States from October 2003 through August 2006. It also covers an additional 700,000 laptops sold abroad, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Dell's recall affected about 14 percent of the Latitude, Inspiron, XPS and Precision notebooks sold between April 1, 2004, and July 18 of this year.

Apple is asking consumers to check a Web site, support.apple.com/batteryprogram, to determine whether they have a recalled battery.

Japan's trade ministry on Thursday ordered Sony Corp. and Dell Inc. to investigate the trouble involving Sony batteries that caused last week's Dell recall.

The Japanese ministry said Sony and Dell must report on their findings and say how they will prevent future problems by the end of August, or face a fine under Japan's consumer safety laws.

Lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony for Dell laptops imported to Japan overheated and caught fire in at least two separate instances in October and June, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement. No one was injured in those incidents, but the fires destroyed the machines, according to ministry official Atsuo Hirai.

The ministry also pointed to problems with battery cells supplied by Sony for Dell computers in other countries, and told the companies to investigate the safety of Dell models Latitude, Inspiron and Precision imported to Japan from April 2005.

The ministry also instructed other Japanese electronic makers to check the safety of their laptop batteries.

Battery packs contain cells of rolled up metal strips. Sony has said that during production, crimping the rolls left tiny shards of metal loose in the cells, and some of those shards can cause batteries to short-circuit.

Dell has already recalled batteries from affected models in Japan. Batteries powering Sony's Vaio laptops don't have the same problems, according to the Tokyo-based manufacturer.

The battery problems, which resulted in the largest recall of electronics-related products in U.S. history, have come as embarrassing news for Round Rock, Texas-based Dell, the world's largest PC maker, and for Sony, which has been trying to overhaul its electronics operations amid a slump in profits.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: HP Photosmart R707 Digital Cameras

Units: About 224,000 (about 679,000 worldwide)

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif.

Hazard: The digital camera can cause certain non-rechargeable batteries, such as the Duracell CP-1, to overheat when the camera is connected to an AC adapter or docking station, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: HP has received one report of a camera catching fire, damaging the camera and its docking station, and causing minor smoke damage to the room. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the HP Photosmart R707 digital camera. The HP logo and the model name and number are printed on the front of the camera.

Sold at: Electronic, computer and camera stores, as well as Web retailers nationwide from August 2004 through April 2006 for between $250 and $400.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled cameras and contact HP as they have developed a firmware update that prevents the camera from applying a charge to a non-rechargeable battery. Consumers can download this update at www.hp.com <http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/recalls.html> or contact HP directly. Do not use single-use, non-rechargeable batteries until the firmware has been updated. Consumers are encouraged to update the firmware even if they do not use or intend to use a non-rechargeable battery.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, visit HP's Web site at www.hp.com <http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/recalls.html> or call HP toll-free at (866) 304-7117 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: Jennifer Pershall at (360) 735-7962, or Jennifer.pershall@hp.com <mailto:Jennifer.pershall@hp.com>


Washington, D.C. - infoZine - The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Apollo® Steel Wide-Body Cart
Units: About 960
Distributor: Apollo® Presentation Products, of Lincolnshire, Ill.
Hazard: These audio-visual carts were sold without a safety belt which helps prevent heavy equipment from becoming unstable and falling from the cart's upper shelf. Equipment falling on nearby consumers can cause serious injuries and death.
Incidents/Injuries: Apollo is not aware of any incidents involving this audio visual cart.
Description: Apollo® Item #VWBUL4 (Office Depot Model #177-446) is steel, has a pyramid design, has three shelves, stands 44 inches high and comes with a three-outlet electrical assembly, including a cord-winding bracket. The affected Model VWBUL44 Carts have a model number tag on the underside of the top shelf that reads: "SC: 18" and a date code "EF" date code of 07/26/05 or later.
Sold by: Office Depot catalog and Web site, from September 2005 through February 6, 2006 for between $200 and $240.
Manufactured In: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these carts immediately. Do not return carts to Office Depot stores. Owners are being sent a free kit, including a safety belt and hardware needed for assembly.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Apollo at (800) 777-3750 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or go to their Web site at www.apolloavproducts.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with InFocus Corp, today announced a voluntary recall of InFocus LP120 Projector, ASK Proxima M1 Projector, and SP-LAMP-013 Replacement Lamp Module because they Pose shock and fire hazards. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
This recall involves about 1,800 portable projectors designed for use with laptop computers, and and about 700 replacement lamp modules sold for use with these projectors. The recalled projector models are InFocus LP120 and ASK Proxima M1 built between October 2005 and January 2006. The model number and serial numbers are written on the bottom of the projectors. They have the following serial numbers: Model LP120 – AJNV541A0001 through AJNV551A0301, Model M1 – AKUV546A0001 through AKUV547A0268
The recalled replacement lamp module is SP-LAMP-013 built between November 2005 and January 2006. There is no writing on the lamps, but “SP-LAMP-013” is on the label on the box.
Washington, D.C. - infoZine - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rechargeable Battery Packs

Units: About 4,200

Importer: ClearOne Communications, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Hazard: These battery packs can short circuit, causing them to overheat and melt the protective plastic covering, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: ClearOne Communications has received nine reports of incidents with the recalled battery packs. No injuries, fire or property damage have been reported.

Description: The battery is included as a power source for the MAX Wireless Conference Phone Models 910-158-001 and 910-158-070. The model number is located on the product ID label on the underside of the MAX Wireless Conference Phone Pod. The phone is black, six-sided and has a domed speaker in the center. "Clear One Max" is written on the top of the phone. The recalled battery pack is green and is located in the battery compartment on the underside of the Max phone pod. The recall involves the TWD rechargeable nickel metal hydride battery pack with model number TH-AA2200. The battery pack's model number "TH-AA2200," "TWD NI-MH Battery," and "7.2v AA2200mAH" are printed on the side of the battery. The battery pack is also sold separately.

Sold at: ClearOne Communications direct order desk, distributors, and dealers nationwide from April 2005 through December 2005 for between $600 and $1,000 (for the battery and phone) or about $40 (for just the battery when sold separately).

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these phones with recalled battery packs immediately and contact ClearOne Communications for a free replacement battery pack.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact ClearOne Communications at (800) 283-5936, select Option #5, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. MST, or visit the firm's Web site at www.clearone.com/support
Panasonic Corporation of North America Recall of DLP Projector
Toshiba America Consumer Products LLC Recall of DVD Home Theater Systems (December 5, 2005)
Dana Innovations Recall of Amplified Volume Controls (October 20, 2005)
RadioShack Recall of Video Head Cleaner (May 11, 2005)
Russound Inc. Recall to Repair Audio Video Controller/Amplifiers (October 29, 2003)
Motorola Recall of Digital Cable Set-Top Boxes (August 8, 2002)
Nintendo Settlement with New York Attorney General (March, 2000)
Showmate 2 Video Presentation System Recalled By Bell & Howell (August 17, 1988)
Linn Inc. Recall of Power Amplifiers for Sound Systems (June 16, 2004)
Thomson Recall of Home Entertainment Amplifiers (April 17, 2003)

Dell Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries (December 16, 2005 )
Hewlett-Packard Company Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries (October 14, 2005 )
Hitachi Cable Manchester Inc. Recall of 25- and 50-Pair Plenum Network Cables (May 31, 2005 )
Cables To Go Recall of Power Adapters Sold with Go!Data Drive Enclosures (May 31, 2005)
Apple Recall of iBook and PowerBook Computer Batteries (May 20, 2005 )
Philips PC Peripherals Recall of Hewlett-Packard Company L2035 Flat Panel Monitors (January 14, 2005)
Psion Teklogix Corp.Recall of AC Power Adapters (December 14, 2004)
Dell Inc. Recall of AC Adapters for Notebook Computers (October 08, 2004)
NCR Corp. Recall of NCR Universal Inkjet Refill Kits (September 15, 2004)
Lexmark International Inc. Recall of Laser Printers (September 7, 2004 )
Apple Recall of PowerBook Computer Batteries (August 19, 2004)
NETGEAR Inc. Recall of Wall Plug Ethernet Bridges (July 14, 2004)
Certain VAIO Notebook Computers Recalled by Sony Electronics Inc. (September 25, 2003)
IBM and LiteOn Technology Expand Previously Announced Recall of Computer Monitors (August 29, 2003)
Computer Monitors Recalled by IBM (March 4, 2003)
Xerox International Partners Retrofit of Network Laser Printers (January 29, 2003)
Laser Printers Recalled by Brother International (October 22, 2002)
Next Level Communications Recall of Power Supply for Computer Modems (December 17, 2001)
Computer Distributors Recall of Batteries for Notebook Computers (November 13, 2001)
Fax Machines Recalled by Canon U.S.A. Inc. (May 10, 2001)
Notebook Computer Battery Packs by Compaq Recalled (October 27, 2000)
Batteries for Notebook-Computers Recalled by Dell (October 13, 2000)
Battery-Biz Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries
Belkin Corp.Recall of Rackmount Uninterruptible Power Supplies
Apple Recall of iBook and PowerBook Computer Batteries
Philips Consumer Electronics Recalls Plasma Flat Panel Televisions (March 16, 2006)
Sharp Electronics Corp. Recall of Conventional Tube Televisions (April 21, 2005)
JVC Recall to Repair Rear-Projection Televisions (March 9, 2005)
Matsushita Electric Corporation of America Recall of Combination TV/VCRs (July 30, 2004)
Toshiba America Consumer Products Recall of Rear Projection Televisions (July 3, 2003)
Large-Screen, Analog Projection Televisions Recalled by Zenith (January 30, 2003)
Sanus Systems Recall of Television Wall Mounting Units (November 28, 2005 )
Olympus Recalls Film Cameras for Overheating, Poses Burn Hazard
Polycom Inc. Recalls Conference Phone Batteries for Fire Hazard
Nikon Inc. Recall to Replace Rechargeable Battery Packs Sold with Digital SLR Cameras
Sharp Electronics Corp. Recall of Conventional Tube Televisions
JVC Recall to Repair Rear-Projection Televisions