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Acer recalls 27,000 laptop batteries

Just when you thought the faulty Sony-made lithium-ion overheating batteries fiasco was over, Acer Incorporated, one of the largest computer makers in the world, has recalled of about 27,000 laptop batteries. More than 10 million notebook batteries have been recalled worldwide since the problem was traced to Sony Corporation last year. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has logged dozens of reports of lithium-ion batteries overheating. Taiwan-based Acer said none of the known incidents involved its laptop models but the company still worked with the consumer agency to conduct the voluntary recall.

The laptops possibly containing the recalled batteries were the TravelMate series with 4-digit model numbers beginning with 242, 320, 321, 330, 422, 467, 561, C20, and the Aspire series beginning with model numbers 556, 560, 567, 930, 941, 980. Acer, whose U.S. division is based in San Jose, says consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact the company for a free battery replacement. The laptops could still be safely used if powered by the AC adapter, the company said.

News source: MSNBC

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