Acer, one of the largest computer makers in the world, is recalling 27,000 lithium-ion laptop batteries made by Sony.
More than 10 million batteries worldwide have been recalled since the problem was traced back to Sony last year. Other computer makers such as Dell, Lenovo and Apple issued similar recalls.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received dozens of reports of the batteries overheating. Acer says it doesn't know of any incidents that involved any of their computers but that they were going to go ahead with the recall anyway.
Affected Acer models were sold in the U.S. and Canada from May 2004 through November 2006. Acer says that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact the company for a free replacement. Acer says the computer can still be safely used with the use of an AC adapter.
The laptops possibly containing the recalled batteries were the
TravelMate series with four-digit model numbers beginning with 242,
320, 321, 330, 422, 467, 561, C20, and the Aspire series beginning
with model numbers 556, 560, 567, 930, 941, 980.