October 27, 2000Compaq Computer Recalls Notebook
Computer Battery Packs
TX (SafetyAlerts) - Compaq Computer
Corp. said today it is recalling for replacement about 55,000 battery packs used with
Compaq's Armada notebook computers. These battery packs can short circuit, causing them to
overheat, release smoke and possibly catch fire.
Compaq has received one report of a battery pack overheating, and damaging the notebook
computer. No injuries were reported.
The recalled battery packs were sold with Compaq's Armada E500 and V300 notebook
computers. Writing on the batteries include "Compaq" and "Assembled in
Taiwan." The battery pack can be identified by a date code and serial number on the
white label to the right of the battery connector.
Date code TCGK with a serial number from 00001 to 10500, 20001 to 21800, and 40001 to
Date code TCHK with a serial number from 40001 to 44700
Compaq dealers sold these battery packs worldwide with notebook computers and separately
from June 2000 through July 2000. The notebook computers sold for between $1,800 and
$3,800, and the individual batteries sold for about $165.
Consumers should immediately stop using these battery packs and contact Compaq to learn
how to discharge them and return them. Consumers with the recalled batteries will receive
two free battery packs for each recalled battery pack they return. For more information,
call Compaq at (800) 889-7613 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or go to
the firm's battery recall website here.
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