Acer announced today a voluntary recall on approximately 27,000 rechargeable lithium ion batteries containing battery cells manufactured by Sony. It seems these batteries may overheat and become a potential fire hazard.
However there have been no reports of Acer notebooks containing these faulty batteries, but to be safe Acer is cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Sony to act in the interest of consumers.
Acer notebooks containing these recalled batteries were sold from May 2004 through November 2006. They were sold through authorized Acer distributors and electronic retailers nationwide. Only certain Acer notebook models containing lithium-ion batteries were included in the recall.
These notebooks include the TravelMate 321x, Aspire 980x, TravelMate 242x, TravelMate 330x, Aspire 556x, TravelMate 561x, Aspire 930x, Aspire 941x, TravelMate C20x, TravelMate 422x, TravelMate 467x, Aspire 560x, Aspire 567x and the TravelMate 320x.
Acer is advising customers to stop using these recalled batteries immediately and to contact them for a free replacement battery. Customers can find detailed information and instructions by visiting www.acerbatteryrecall.com/AcerWeb. They may also contact Acer toll-free at (800) 503-2330.
In the meantime, customers who need to stay connected are advised to remove the battery from their notebook and power the system via AC adapter and power cord, until the replacement battery is received.