August 17, 2010 02:23 by Ty
Battery recalls and battery replacements for two manufacturers, Apple and Asurion, are replacing and recalling products back this month for battery overheating problems.
Apple’s Japan unit is offering free replacements with the first-gen iPod Nano devices due to overheating batteries that can lead to minor burns for customers. There have been at least 27 cases reported of overheating incidents with 6 fires that left burns on 4 people. Many of these defective models were sold between September 2005 and December 2006. Apple has sold around 1.8 million units of the first-generation iPod Nano in Japan since September 2005.
Visit Apple’s support page for the iPod Nano battery.
Asurion is recalling counterfeit BlackBerry branded batteries because the batteries can overheat and pose as a fire hazard. There have been two reports of the BlackBerry®-branded batteries burning a consumer’s finger and also property damage to a sofa and a car seat. The cell phone batteries were used across virtually all cell phone models of refurbished BlackBerry devices distributed by Asurion prior to November 1, 2009. It is recommended that these batteries stop being used and get replaced for free with upgraded batteries.
More information on replacing your overheating Blackberry battery.
Aftermarket BlackBerry cell phone batteries are available to replace your worn out OEM BlackBerry batteries.
May 22, 2010 01:46 by Ty
On May 19, 2010 HP expanded it's laptop battery recall for several models. You can view the laptop models below that get a free replacement laptop battery under the recall program.
HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario laptop batteries are effected by this recall.
Name of Product: Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers
Units: About 54,000 (70,000 units were previously recalled in May 2009)
Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.
Hazard: The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Since the May 2009 recall, HP has received 38 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured resulting in 11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage.
Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.
Manufactured in: China
medy: Consumers should immediately remove the batteries referenced above from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked). Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. HP recommends that only batteries obtained from HP or an HP authorized reseller be used with HP notebook PCs.
Description: The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers. The chart below includes all notebook model numbers associated with batteries recalled to date. The computer model number is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook computer. Not all batteries matching the bar codes are being recalled.
*This image is a screen shot off the HP Web site. Please click the image to view a more up to date chart on HP.com