Fujitsu-Siemens recalls fire-risk laptop batteries

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has recalled batteries in some of its notebook computers, which can overheat with a risk of fire.

Batteries in some notebook computers from Fujitsu-Siemens Computers can overheat, with a risk of fire. The company had recalled the batteries in some of its Amilo notebook computers, and would replace affected batteries free of charge, it said.

Customers with batteries affected by the recall should stop using them immediately. The company recommends removing the battery from the computer, which can still be operated on main electrical power.

The rechargeable lithium ion batteries involved in the recall have model numbers ending in G1L1, and were supplied with the following Amilo notebooks: A7640, A1640, M1405, M1424, M1425, M7405, M7424, M7425 and Pro V2020. The model numbers can be found in the middle of a label on the underside of the computer, the company said.

The batteries went on sale in October 2004, and may also have been sold separately as spares, the company said.

More information about obtaining a replacement battery can be found at www.fujitsu-siemens.com/batteryexchange.

The company had received four reports of batteries overheating, out of a possible 250,000 units, it said, but no injuries have been reported.

In May, Apple Computer recalled 128,000 notebook computer batteries after receiving six reports of them overheating.

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