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Informations on Battery Recall Programs

General Hints

We have recently seen several recall programs covering Lithium-Ion and Lithium-Polymer batteries of various manufacturers. This battery type is used in notebooks, PDAs, and mobile phones. Accompanying press coverage showed drastic examples of exploding or melted notebooks, inluding Apple and DELL models. These are few individual cases which have been quoted very often.

In fact, Lithium-Polymer batteries are sensitive to overheating, overcharging or drawing too much current and may react violently. Please follow the vendor's instruction carefully, in particular those concerning cooling and venting of your mobile devices. Batteries covered by these recalls may cause fires even in hibernation state.

Use only power supplies which have been qualified by the manufacturer of your mobile device, especially on cars and airplanes. When traveling, use vendor supplied power cords for your destination country whereever possible or certified power adaptors.

Recall Programs

Here are informations and links to ongoing vendor recall programs. If you own or use one of the notebook models listed here, please follow the links and check the serial number of your battery. Replace every battery covered by the recall (after all, you are getting a new one for free) and dispose the old one properly for the sake of your safety, usually by sending it back to the vendor.

Apple

iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 Battery Exchange Program
In this program, Apple is recalling certain lithium ion rechargeable batteries that were sold worldwide from October 2004 through May 2005 for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. These batteries were manufactured by LG Chem, Ltd. of South Korea. Some notebooks of this type are in use at DESY.

Dell

Battery Recall 2006 - Check your battery
DELL informs us that this recall affects about 30% of DELL notebooks worldwide which have been delivered between April 1, 2004 and July 18, 2006. This includes models Dell Latitude D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810; Inspiron 6000, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705; Dell Precision M20, M60, M70 and M90 ; Dell XPSTM , XPS Gen2, XPS M170 and XPS M1710.
This includes the majority of notebook models acquired by DESY in this period. According to DELL, DESY has received notebooks and spare batteries which are covered by this recall. It affects all DELL notebook batteries made by Sony. Those 70% of DELL notebooks delivered with Panasonic batteries are not affected.

Step by step instructions on how to use DELL's recall page are available in the German version of this document.

--kwo
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