Packard Bell has issued a recall for battery packs on several of its notebook models. The voluntary recall affects four of its Easynote models sold mostly in Europe. None of the units is believed to have been sold in the US.
The company said that the batteries may be prone to short circuits which can cause the packs to overheat and possibly catch fire. The units are not believed to pose an electrocution risk, and no injuries have been reported.
The recalled models are the Easynote MX36, 37, 51 and 52 systems manufactured between July and December 2007. Packard Bell is advising users of these models to remove the battery packs and use mains power instead.
The company has set up a dedicated web site and a hotline to help customers obtain new battery packs.
Recalls for battery packs have grown increasingly common in recent years. Topped by the landmark 2006 recall of some six million Sony batteries, many vendors have had problems with overheating which can arise when the battery cells become damaged or unstable.
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