Acer Recalls Notebook Batteries Due to Previous Fires

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Acer America announce a voluntary program for the replacement of certain notebook computer lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells. Consumers should only use the notebook computer using AC power until a replacement battery pack is received. Name of Product: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells used in Acer notebook computers. Units: About 27,000. Computer Importer and Distributor: Acer America Corporation, of San Jose, Calif. Computer Manufacturer: Acer of Taiwan. Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices of Japan.

Hazard: The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: As announced previously, there have been 16 reports of notebook batteries overheating. These reports were associated with earlier recalls by other notebook computer manufacturers of batteries containing these Sony cells. These previous reports involved only minor property damage and two minor burns. None of these reports involved batteries in Acer notebook computers.

Description: Only lithium-ion batteries with the following part numbers and battery week codes and used in the following Acer notebook models, are included in the recall:

Acer Notebook System Series Beginning with:Acer Battery Pack No. (Part of Barcode)Battery Pack Serial Week Code Range (Part of Barcode)Battery Week Code Range (in front of Barcode)Battery Week Code Range on Red Sticker
TravelMate 321xBT006040010521-0545
Aspire 980xBT0080401663V, 63W, 63X, 63Y
TravelMate 242x, TravelMate 330xAspire 556xBT00604005601-626
TravelMate 561xAspire 930x, Aspire 941xBT00807010614-630
TravelMate C20xBT006040025BR-5BZ; 5C1-5C9; 5CA-5CZ; 611-619; 621-629; 62A
TravelMate 422x, TravelMate 467xAspire 560x, Aspire 567xBT008040110551-0626
TravelMate 320xBTT4807001418-552

Sold Through: Authorized electronics retailers nationwide from May 2004 through November 2006 for between $500 and $1,500. Manufactured in: China and Taiwan. Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled batteries immediately and contact Acer to receive a free replacement battery. Consumers can continue to use the notebook computers safely by turning the system off, removing the battery, and using the AC adapter and power cord to power the system until the replacement battery is received.

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