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Over the past few years, we've seen a number of recalls involving faulty batteries that can overheat and cause a fire. Now there's a new technology called Stoba that could be on the market as soon as the first quarter of next year that could help prevent lithium-ion batteries from catching fire or exploding in devices such as laptops and mobile phones. Stoba was developed at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan's national research organization. When lithium-ion batteries develop internal shorts, it doesn't take long before they can heat up to as much as 932 degrees Fahrenheit, making them likely to catch fire or explode. Stoba works to prevent a fire or explosion by sitting... Read more...
It seems Sony's Vaio power problems aren't over yet. Almost a year after recalling 100,000 notebook batteries and 13 months after recalling almost a half-million notebooks due to overheating concerns, Sony and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 69,000 Vaio AC adapters. Apparently, insulation inside of the AC adapters can fail over time, thereby posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers. So far, Sony has received four reports of adapters short-circuiting. None of the incidents have occurred in the U.S., and no injuries have been reported. The AC adapter model that is affected by the recall is the Sony VGP-AC19V17. The adapter was sold over a... Read more...
Acer has issued a voluntary recall for some of its Aspire laptops. The affected models include the AS3410, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ, and AS3810TZG. Apparently, some of these laptops are experiencing an overheating of the microphone cable after repeated and extreme pressure is applied to the left palm rest. As a result, the unit case may become deformed and the system could malfunction. To help eliminate the risk of overheating, Acer has issued a voluntary safety recall to replace the microphone cable in the affected units. All of the affected models were manufactured before September 15th of this year. To see if your unit is one of the laptops that needs service, head on over to Acer's website... Read more...
Well, has it only been since October since the last high-profile recall of laptop batteries? Indeed it has. On Thursday, HP announced a recall of 70,000 laptop batteries due to overheating issues. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's announcement, there are two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in fire. No injuries, though, so that's a positive. Laptops that can be affected by the recall are: HP PavilionCompaq PresarioHPHP Compaq dv2000 dv2500 dv2700 dv6000 dv6500dv6700 dv9000 dv9500 dv9700 A900 C700 F700 V3000 V3500V3700 V6000 V6500 V6700 G6000 G7000 6720s Batteries that can be subject to the recall will have one of the following bar code... Read more...
Acer is recalling its Predator Gaming desktop units, in conjunciton with the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission, because of the potential for them to overheat, melt and catch fire.The models being recalled are ASG7200 and ASG7700 (printed on the bottom right-hand corner of the panel on the right side of the unit), because there are certain wires inside that can get pinched and thus overheat. That can lead to melting or other damage to the unit and, in some cases, fire. The CSPC issued the recall alert, saying Acer had voluntarily recalled the units after receiving two reports of units that had short-circuited, "resulting in melted internal components and external casing." Neither report... Read more...
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (USCPSC) has issued a recall notification for 30,000 LG 830 "Spyder" cell phones because of an incident in which the phone was unable to maintain a connection when a motorist attempted a 911 call. Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a motorist in a disabled car who was able to dial 911, but the call was dropped because the network had difficulty establishing a GPS lock on the phone. No injuries have been reported. The recall involves LG 830 "Spyder" touch-screen slider cell phones with software versions T83LGV03 and T83LGV04, which were sold for use with the following regional wireless carriers: Cellular South, Cellcom, Bluegrass... Read more...
It's been about two years since millions of Sony notebook batteries across many different OEM lines were recalled, due to overheating --- and fire problems. We assume you haven't forgotten about that, because here we are again. Here's hoping this isn't the beginning of another long list of recalls involving Sony batteries. At any rate, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall on Thursday. According to the recall, There have been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire (10 resulting in minor property damage). Two consumers experienced minor burns.Check out the full list below. It's pretty long, bug only consists of about 35,000 batteries... Read more...
Whoops, don't start strumming yet. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Performance Designed Products (PDP) announced on Thursday a voluntary recall of the Rage Wireless Guitar controller for the Nintendo Wii. As the CPSC announcement says: Hazard: A circuit board defect can cause AA batteries used in the guitar to leak if the batteries are installed incorrectly, posing a risk of chemical burns to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: Performance Designed Products has received one report of a burn to a consumer. Description: The Rage Wireless Guitar controller is designed to be used on the Nintendo Wii system. The guitar is blue or white and is 31 inches long. The guitar contains battery-operated... Read more...
Another day, another iPhone 3G "oops."  Apple has just recently released the 2.1 software upgrade for the iPhone 3G, which seems to have fixed many of the issues with the device's 3G performance.  While it dodged a bullet in terms of recalling millions of phones, it still has to make a major recall: millions of the small, square-shaped power adapters shipped with the phones.As Apple said on the recall website:Apple has determined that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter's metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock.  We have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the... Read more...
Sony has been dealing with the fallout from overheating batteries for a couple of years now, so it should be used to the fire drills associated with running damage control on overheating products. That practice should come in handy, as the latest hot potato form Sony is an entire line of overheating laptops. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sony has issued a voluntary recall of about 73,000 units of its VAIO TZ-series notebooks that were sold in the U.S. between July 2007 and August 2008. The potentially affected models are:VGN-TZ100 seriesVGN-TZ200 seriesVGN-TZ300 seriesVGN-TZ2000 series Today's press release states:"Hazard: Irregularly positioned wires near the... Read more...
Well, not exactly. It keeps your information on its central, very secure servers. But by using a new software utility for shopping at websites that don't yet accept PayPal payments, PayPal allows you to submit a number for each transaction that is recognized as a valid MasterCard number. They call it PayPal Secure Card."From a merchant's perspective this looks like any other MasterCard transaction," said Chris George, director of financial products for PayPal. "And it's just another PayPal purchase to the customer."Secure Card has been tested by 3 million PayPal customers in the past year. The plug-in will be available to U.S. customers on Tuesday, with international customers to follow.When... Read more...
The sheer number of recalls for Chinese toys has placed a burden not just on retailers and toy companies, but on consumers as well. Parents have quite a long list to go over if they want to be sure the toys they have purchased for their children are safe.  But online toy companies are making things easier on parents. Online stores -- like eToys.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com -- are taking the sting out of the recent run of recalls by sending e-mail notices to customers who bought an affected item on their sites. The notices point out exactly what the product is, when it was purchased and offer detailed online information about the recall and what a consumer should do with... Read more...
For once it's not a Sony battery being recalled, but it is a huge number.  46 million BL-5C batteries made by Matsushita are being recalled by Nokia because of possible overheating.  Replacements will, of course, be free. The batteries were manufactured between December 2005 and November 2006. Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the affected batteries could potentially experience over heating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge. Nokia is working closely with relevant local authorities to investigate this situation. Consumers with a BL-5C battery subject to this advisory should note that all of the approximately 100 incidents have occurred... Read more...
It's amazing that there are still Sony batteries in the world left that have not been recalled.  Or at least, it seems that way.  Today Toshiba annunced its second recall of Sony batteries in a month. This time around, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 1,400 of the lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells sold with Toshiba laptops pose a fire hazard. There have been three reports of models with those batteries overheating in other countries, but none of the incidents caused injury, according to the CPSC. The good news, if there can be any, is that the numbers keep going down.  The second recall was 10,000 batteries, this time only 1,400.  The model numbers for... Read more...
Computer maker Gateway has voluntarily recalled about 14,000 lithium-ion battery packs, sold as primary or spare power supplies for some of their laptop computers, because they pose an overheating and fire hazard.  The Irvine, Calif., computer maker said the affected battery packs were shipped as the primary or spare battery pack for Gateway 400VTX and 450ROG series notebooks. They were sold during a three-month period from May 2003 to August 2003 in the U.S. through Gateway's Web site and its Gateway Country stores. Gateway said it will replace affected battery packs at no cost to the customer. It did not identify the maker of the recalled battery packs. Last year, the... Read more...
Another day, another Sony battery recall.  Sony today announced that it would be recalling up to 300,000 of their Vaio laptop batteries under intense industry pressure. Sony initially stated it would not be recalling its batteries, however, it appears that is not the case.  Sony has joined an ever increasing list of laptop manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Apple, Toshiba, and Sharp in recalls.  This brings the total recall of Li-ion batteries to just over 8 million world wide.  This is one of the largest computer related recalls in history. The business daily said Sony would likely recall... Read more...
Sharp has announced that it is recalling 28,000 Sony Lithium-Ion laptop batteries that could be prone to overheating and subsequent fire.  Sharp has stated that the affected batteries are from 7 different models.  Fujitsu has also expanded their recall to include 51,000 more batteries on top of the already 287,0000 they recalled earlier this month which would affect some 35 different models.  Dell, Apple, Lenovo, Toshiba are just some of the other manufacturers who have issued recalls in the past several months due to these batteries.  Total recall numbers are well into the millions across all of these manufacturers. TOKYO - Japanese electronics makers Sharp and Fujitsu announced... Read more...
And the hits just keep on coming for Sony.  Hitachi has announced that they will be recalling 16,000 Sony made lithium-ion batteries.  Hitachi has joined an increasing list of computer manufactures over the past two months who have recalled batteries.  Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo have all participated in recalls of batteries that total well into the millions Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.... Read more...
Another day another Sony battery recall, this time by Fujitsu in the amount of 280,000 batteries. Fujitsu joins the ranks of other manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and Toshiba in issuing massive battery recalls and replacements. Surprisingly enough Sony has yet to recall these batteries from their own laptops, however a report today does indicate they will do so soon.  HP on the other hand is holding out on any recalls for the time being citing proper circuitry in their laptops which would prevent such an episode from occurring and the lack of evidence of said incidents on their laptops.  If you own a laptop by any of the above manufacturers and have a Sony battery,... Read more...
The news is just not getting any better for Sony.  On top of Lenovo's recall yesterday of just over a half million batteries, Dell has upped their number of recalls from 4.1 to 4.2 million.  In addition Toshiba has upped their number by 830,000 and Fujitsu is currently pondering a voluntary recall on batteries for their systems.  All in all, this has to be one of the single biggest manufacturing blunders in computer history and is certainly putting a hurt on Sony's reputation. Dell has increased by 100,000 the number of laptop batteries it is recalling due to a potential fire hazard, while Toshiba said it would take part in Sony voluntary battery replacement program... Read more...
Ripped strait from our speculation last night, Lenovo and IBM have officially recalled about 168,500 Sony manufactured battery packs (an additional 357,500 battery packs were sold worldwide).  The affected part numbers are: ASM P/N     FRU P/N 92P1072     92P1073 92P1088     92P1089 92P1142     92P1141 92P1170     92P1169 or 93P5028 92P1174     92P1173 or 93P5030 and can be found in the following ThinkPad notebook computers: T Series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); and X Series (X60, X60s).  Users owning the affected batteries should contact Lenovo... Read more...
Apple has recalled 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook batteries after reports of nine different devices overheating, causing injury to two people. The batteries were sold with the Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 through October 2003, to August 2006. This will be the second major notebook battery recall this month, with Dell recalling 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week. Both the batteries for Apple and Dell contained power cells developed by Sony. "The recall is the second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers, after No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety... Read more...
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