Generic notebook battery recalled for potential fire danger!
This question was answered on November 16, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
Bizcom Electronics Inc., Sceptre Technologies Inc., and Systemax Inc are all voluntarily recalling about 13,000 batteries sold with notebook-style personal computers These batteries can overcharge during re-charging, causing them to overheat, smoke and possibly catch fire
The recalled batteries were sold individually and with notebook computers under the following brand names and model numbers:
- ARM/TS30W2 and N38W2
- ChemUSA/ChemBook 3015E
- HyperData/MediaGo 2320
- Jetta/Jetbook 9120
- MPC/Nomand 1500
- Sceptre/Soundx 6600 and 6900
- Systemax/SW-14, SW-15 and Ultra
"RECHARGEABLE BATTERY" is printed on the top of the batteries A label on the side of the recalled battery contains two sets of numbers The first set must be "00." The second set must be either "99" or a number less than 52 Also, the letter "P" must be printed at the end of the first line on the label "MADE IN JAPAN" also is written on the label <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02037.html" target="_blank"><font color="#003399">(To see a picture of the battery, click here.)</font></a>
The firms listed in the chart sold these notebook computers (and individual batteries) nationwide primarily by mail order and on their web sites from October 1999 through October 2001 for between $1,800 to $2,500
If you have one of them you should stop using the rechargeable batteries immediately and call (877) 475-3425 between 8 a.m and 8 p.m CT Monday through Friday, or go to the recall web site at <a href="http://regcen.com/batteryrecall" target="_blank"><font color="#003399">>http://regcen.com/batteryrecall</b></font></a> to order a free replacement battery.
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on November 16, 2001