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Packard Bell recalls selected EasyNote notebooks because of battery defect

Paul Kunert

Packard Bell is voluntarily recalling certain notebooks in its EasyNote range as they contain a potentially defective battery cell that could overheat or catch fire.

The units that may be affected were sold in Europe between July and December 2007 and include the MX36, MX37, MX51 and MX52.

“The battery cells contained in the affected units may experience internal short circuits which can potentially cause the cells to overheating (sic) and/or catch fire,” said Packard Bell in a statement.

“There is no risk of electrocution. There have been no reports of injuries,” it added.

As a precautionary measure, Packard Bell advised users with affected PCs to remove the battery pack and power the notebook from the mains.

Owners of the impacted SKUs should visit the company’s website at www.packardbell.com or contact a service hotline on 0871 467 0008 to ascertain if their PC is affected

In October, Packard Bell owner Acer recalled certain Aspire notebooks that contained a defective microphone cable which could overheat and cause the system to shut down.

This story first appeared in Microscope.


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