We reported last week that Dell's laptops
had turned into death-traps - now it appears that Apple has followed suit, with the American company now recalling batteries from their laptop units.
Apple's support, detailing how to go about returning your laptop battery, can be seen here
. Here are the most important bits of information:
" Apple has determined that certain lithium-ion batteries containing cells manufactured by Sony Corporation of Japan pose a safety risk that may result in overheating under rare circumstances.
The affected batteries were sold worldwide from October 2003 through August 2006 for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4.
Apple is voluntarily recalling the affected batteries and has initiated a worldwide exchange program to provide eligible customers 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."
This is not an isolated incident, with Apple recalling batteries a variety of times in past years. However, this case seems a bit bigger than previous incidents, with Apple recalling 1.8 million batteries originally made by Sony.
The recall could cost in the region of $200 million for Sony, who were also the suppliers for the Dell laptops. Apple has promised to exchange all of the health hazard batteries for free. Very nice of them!
Sony provides the batteries for a variety of other product too - who knows if they will be recalled as well. Let us know your thoughts in the forums