MANHASSET, N.Y. Apple Computer's woes continued Thursday (Aug. 23) with the company recalling 1.8 million Sony-based, rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs for a number of its iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebook computers.
The recall, reported in a release by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, involves 1.1 million battery packs sold inside the U.S., and 700,000 sold outside the U.S.
According to the notice, these lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported.
The recalled lithium-ion batteries were used with Apple's 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4 laptops sold from Oct. 2003 through Aug. 2006. The packs were assembled in Japan, Taiwan, and China.
Apple has advised consumers to check its website to determine whether their batteries fall under the recall and request a replacement battery. However, a published website link was not yet active as of press time Thursday afternoon, and Apple has not returned calls for comment.
For Apple, the recall is another black mark for the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker.
On Wednesday, Apple said it would pay $100 million to Singapore's Creative Technology Ltd. in an out-of-court settlement of the MP3 patent dispute between the companies.
Apple has also stated it would need to restate earnings for an unspecified number of quarters due to an ongoing stock options investigation, causing the company to delay its Form 10-Q filing for its most recent fiscal quarter ended July.
The recall is the second this month involving batteries made by Sony, and the latest in a string of recalls involving consumer electronics.
Last week, Dell Computer recalled 4.1 million laptop batteriesalso with cells manufactured by Sonydue to reports of laptops overheating and causing damage.