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Fire hazard prompts another Apple recall

Apple Computer is recalling 128,000 batteries shipped with PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 laptops over the past eight months. This is...

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Apple Computer is recalling 128,000 batteries shipped with PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 laptops over the past eight months. This is the second time since last summer that Apple has recalled batteries because of safety fears.

Apple says a number of batteries have the potential to overheat. Those affected by the recall were shipped with 12in and 15in models of the PowerBook G4 and 12in versions of the iBook G4, delivered between October 2004 and May 2005. 

Apple said it had had six reports worldwide of batteries overheating, including two incidents in the US.

The batteries were made in South Korea by the same supplier as those connected to Apple’s previous battery safety warning. 

Apple said an internal shortcircuit in the batteries could cause their cells to overheat, posing a fire hazard to users.

Last summer Apple said around 28,000 batteries, among a batch of 15in PowerBook G4s, posed a risk.

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