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Packard Bell announces battery recall

by Scott Bicheno on 9 December 2009, 16:30

Tags: Packard Bell (TPE:2353)

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Feeling the heat

It's been over three years since a number of OEMs, including Dell, had to recall a bunch of notebooks due to the risk of their batteries overheating and possibly catching fire.

However, the announcement of a battery-related notebook recall from Packard Bell today suggests these problems won't be going away any time soon.

This recall concerns the batteries inside certain PB lappies manufactured between July and December 2007 and sold mainly in Europe. The models are: EasyNote MX36, MX37, MX51 and MX52 and you can call 0871 467 0008 to find out if yours is affected.

The recalls of three years ago centred around Sony-made batteries and there were still recalls being announced late last year, with Acer among the casualties. PB hasn't announced who makes the offending batteries this time and it should be pointed out that Acer hadn't completed its acquisition of PB during the period in question.

PB's announcement warns: "The battery cells contained in the affected units may experience internal short circuits which can potentially cause the cells to overheating and/or catch fire. There is no risk of electrocution to the user.  There have been no reports of injuries."

Disappointingly, at time of writing, the PB online support forum was closed, due to maintenance.


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