Apple recalls iBook and PowerBook Batteries

128,000 rechargable batteries are being recalled in the United States. If you own an Apple iBook or PowerBook, double check to see if you are at risk of having these defective batteries. Apparently, an internal short can lead to the batteries overheating and therefore posing a fire hazard.

Computer model name Battery model number Battery serial number range
12-inch iBook G4 A1061 HQ441 – HQ507
12-inch PowerBook G4 A1079 3X446 – 3X510
15-inch PowerBook G4 A1078 3X446 – 3X509

This warning is taken from the CPSC site:
“Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge. After removing the recalled battery from their iBook or PowerBook, consumers should plug in the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.”

If you suspect that you may be one of those affected, you may contact Apple at (800) 275-2273 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Sunday. The other alternative is to log on to Apple’s web site at www.apple.com/support/batteryexchange to check your battery’s serial number and apply for a replacement battery.

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