Battery Recall Expands

Apple has joined Dell in recalling batteries manufactured by Sony that can pose a fire threat.


The latest announcement involves rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony for certain previous iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebook computers.


This covers approximately 1.1 million battery packs (an additional 700,000 battery packs were sold outside the U.S.) These lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.


Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported.


The recalled lithium-ion batteries were used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. Consumers should remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit.






Computer model nameBattery model numberBattery serial numbers
12-inch iBook G4A1061ZZ338 through ZZ427
3K429 through 3K611
6C510 through 6C626
12-inch PowerBook G4A1079ZZ411 through ZZ427
3K428 through 3K611
15-inch PowerBook G4A1078 and A11483K425 through 3K601
6N530 through 6N551
6N601


They were sold through Apple’s online store, Apple retail stores nationwide, and Apple Authorized Resellers from October 2003 through August 2006 for between $900 and $2300. The batteries also were sold separately for about $130.


Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Apple to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge. After removing the recalled battery from their iBook or PowerBook, consumers should plug in the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.


Contact Apple at (800) 275-2273 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Sunday.


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