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Apple Powerbook Battery Recall

Message #1 - Posted 2006/09/01 - mgrahm@trib.com

Hi all

Below is a copy of an e-mail I just received from Apple in regards to a recall on batteries for some Powerbook models

Dear Apple Customer:

Apple has determined that certain lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing cells manufactured by Sony Corporation of Japan pose a safety risk that may result in overheating. The affected batteries were sold worldwide, in systems and separately, from October 2003 through August 2006 for use with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4, 15-inch PowerBook G4.

Apple is voluntarily recalling the affected batteries and has initiated a worldwide exchange program to provide you with a new replacement battery, free of charge. This program is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety authorities.

Issue: The affected batteries could overheat, posing a fire hazard. Apple received nine confirmed reports in the United States of these batteries overheating. Apple urges you to stop using your battery and to order a replacement battery immediately. After removing the recalled battery from the iBook or PowerBook, you should plug in the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.

Product: Please use the chart below to identify the battery model and serial numbers that apply to your iBook or PowerBook. If the first 5 digits of your battery's 12-digit serial number fall within the noted ranges, please order a replacement battery immediately. To view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the battery, you must remove the battery from the computer. The battery serial number is printed in black or dark gray lettering beneath a barcode.

No other Apple notebook computers are affected by this recall. Computer model

Battery model number

Battery serial number range

12-inch iBook G4

A1061

ZZ338 - ZZ427
3K429 - 3K611
6C519 - 6C552 ending with S9WA, S9WC, or S9WD

12-inch PowerBook G4

A1079

ZZ411 - ZZ427
3K428 - 3K611

15-inch PowerBook G4

A1078 and A1148

3K425 - 3K601
6N530 - 6N551 ending with THTA, THTB, or THTC
6N601 ending with THTC

Note: If your battery's serial number does not match any of the ranges listed above, you do not have to exchange your battery.
What to do: To begin the battery exchange process, go to the Apple website at http://support.apple.com/batteryprogram. You will be asked for the serial number of your computer, the serial number of your battery, and a ship-to address. After serial number verification, a new battery will be shipped to you free of charge. You may exchange up to three batteries through the website. When you receive the replacement battery, please use the same shipping packaging and the included prepaid shipping label to return the recalled battery to Apple for proper disposal. If you do not have access to the website listed above, you can call Apple at 800-275-2273 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., central standard time, seven days a week, for further assistance.

Thank you for your cooperation with this exchange program.

Apple

Message #2 - Posted 2006/09/01 - Davoud

grahm@trib.com wrote:

Hi all

Below is a copy of an e-mail I just received from Apple in regards to a recall on batteries for some Powerbook models...

But you already knew about this, right? I mean you have a TV, newspaper, Internet connection, right? 'Cause this is /old/ "news!"

Davoud

usenet *at* davidillig dawt com

Message #3 - Posted 2006/09/02 - Mike Rosenberg

Davoud wrote:

But you already knew about this, right?

I'm guessing he was unaware prior to receiving the email from Apple. Remember, just because someone uses a Mac doesn't mean he/she isn't a prospective juror for a high-profile murder trial.

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Message #4 - Posted 2006/09/02 - mgrahm@trib.com

Sorry

Last I heard of story with the Sony made batteries didnot mention Apple as part of the recall at that time. It was thought they and some companies might be included. I think the brand that was included in the store was Dell.

Michael

Mike Rosenberg wrote:

Davoud wrote:

But you already knew about this, right?

I'm guessing he was unaware prior to receiving the email from Apple. Remember, just because someone uses a Mac doesn't mean he/she isn't a prospective juror for a high-profile murder trial.

--
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Message #5 - Posted 2006/09/02 - Adrian

mgrahm@trib.com wrote:

Hi all

Below is a copy of an e-mail I just received from Apple in regards to a recall on batteries for some Powerbook models

Dear Apple Customer:

Also you should be aware that World War II has now ended, and that the atom has been split.

--
Adrian

Message #6 - Posted 2006/09/02 - George Kerby

On 9/2/06 3:04 PM, in article 1hl22gf.dvt3a41d5045cN%nonesuch@place.com, Adrian wrote:

mgrahm@trib.com wrote:

Hi all

Below is a copy of an e-mail I just received from Apple in regards to a recall on batteries for some Powerbook models

Dear Apple Customer:

Also you should be aware that World War II has now ended, and that the atom has been split.

--
Adrian

Check out his clock setting. I think we have a genuine time-traveler here.

Message #7 - Posted 2006/09/03 - wei

Come on people give the guy a break. He's aware of his pointless effort by now. He was only trying to be helpful. How about I heard the news the day it made to the media, took action registered my battery right on the same day. Then 1 week later, I received the same email Apple sent to OP. That was the true useless old news.

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