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New battery recalls expose lithium fire risks

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:07 -- News Editor
New battery recalls expose lithium fire risks

Just when you thought it was safe to leave your lithium-ion powered laptop recharging by your bed comes another laptop battery recall.

So far there has been one fire incident with these computers in Canada. Fujitsu is the latest in a long line of laptop producers to announce a product recall of the batteries for its CELSIUS H720, LIFEBOOK E752, E733, E743, E753, P702, P772, S710, S752, S762, T732, T734, and T902 notebook computers.

The company recommends customers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs, power off the laptop, remove the battery and follow instructions to obtain a free replacement battery pack.

Until a replacement battery pack is received, consumers should use the laptop by plugging in AC power only.

Fujitsu is not the first company to have announced a laptop battery recall this  year. Last month,  HP issued a battery recall for the company’s notebooks and mobile workstations, including the HP Probook 64x, HP x360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, and others. The affected laptops were sold worldwide between December 2015 and December 2017. Affected batteries were also sold as accessories during the period.

As of 24 January 2018, 191 air/airport incidents involving lithium batteries carried as cargo or baggage have been recorded since 20 March 1991 by the US Federal Aviation Administration, as it pushed for a ban on laptops in passenger compartments on civil flights.