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Battery-Biz Laptop Batteries

Jun 22, 2005 | Battery-Biz is recalling about 10,000 Hi-Capacity rechargeable notebook computer batteries. An internal short can cause the battery cells to overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Battery-Biz has received six reports of batteries overheating and melting.

The recalled lithium ion, Hi-Capacity brand rechargeable batteries are used with various well-known, brand-name notebook computers. The recalled batteries include those with part numbers B-5301, B-5333, B-5340, B-5341, B-5342, B-5344, B-5345, B-5346, B5461, B-5615, B-5896 or B-5942/LI; the lot numbers 10098, 10198 or 10230; and the date codes listed below. The part number, lot number and date code can be found on the main label, in one of the following combinations:

Reorder Part Number    5 Digit Lot Code    3 Digit Date Code
B-5301     10198     04O
B-5333     10098     07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N, 12N, 01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
10198     07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N
B-5340     10198     07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N, 12N, 01O
B-5341     10198     04O
B-5342     10098     01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
B-5344     10198     11N, 12N, 01O, 02O
B-5345     10198     08N, 09N, 03O
B-5346     10098     01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
B-5346     10098     01O, 02O, 03O, 04O
10198     08N, 09N, 10N
B-5461     10230     10230 01N, 02N, 03N, 04N, 05N, 06N, 07N, 08N, 09N, 10N, 11N, 12N
B-5615     10198     10N, 11N, 12N, 01O, 02O
B-5896     10198     02O
B-5933     10230     01N, 02N, 03N, 04N, 05N, 06N, 07N, 08N, 09N
B-5942/LI     10198     03O, 040, 05O

The batteries were sold through various national and regional resellers, retail stores and online stores from January 2004 through May 2005 for between $70 and $199.

Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Battery-Biz to arrange for a replacement battery, free of charge. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers can continue to use the computer with the AC power adapter until a replacement battery arrives.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Battery-Biz at (800) 780-6552 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or log on to the Hi-Capacity Web site at to check the battery’s serial number and apply for a replacement unit.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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