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PowerBook, iBook Battery Recall

On May 20, 2005, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Apple Computer, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of approximately 128,000 LG rechargeable computer batteries for iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 computers. The rechargeable batteries found in these Apple computers can overheat due to an internal short, which poses a fire hazard to consumers.

Apple has received six reports of the batteries overheating.

The recall affects lithium ion batteries used in the following computers:

  • 12-inch iBook G4: battery model #A1061; battery serial range HQ441-HQ507
  • 12-inch PowerBook G4: battery model #A1079; battery serial range 3X446 – 3X510
  • 15-inch PowerBook G4: battery model #A1078; battery serial range 3X446 – 3X509

The computers containing the defective batteries were sold from October 2004 through May 2005. Consumers are advised to remove the recalled batteries from the computer immediately and contact Apple at 800-275-2273 to obtain a free replacement battery. An AC adapter can be used until the replacement battery arrives.