November 13, 2001
Computer Distributors Announce Recall of Batteries for Notebook Computers
Calif., City of
Port Washington, N.Y. (SafetyAlerts)
- Bizcom Electronics Inc, Sceptre Technologies Inc. and Systemax Inc. have
batteries sold with notebook-style personal computers and individually.
These batteries can overcharge during re-charging, causing them to overheat,
smoke and possibly catch fire.
The firms have received two reports of minor property damage from the
batteries overheating, smoking or catching fire in notebook computers sold
to consumers. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled batteries were sold individually and with notebook computers
under the following brand names and model numbers:
Brand: Model Numbers:
ARM TS30W2 and N38W2
HyperData MediaGo 2320
Jetta Jetbook 9120
MPC MPC Nomand 1500
Sceptre Soundx 6600 and 6900
Systemax SW-14, SW-15 and Ultra
"RECHARGEABLE BATTERY" is printed on the top of the batteries. A label on
the side of the recalled battery contains two sets of numbers. The first set
must be "00." The second set must be either "99" or a number less than 52.
Also, the letter "P" must be printed at the end of the first line on the
label. "MADE IN JAPAN" also is written on the label.
The firms listed in the chart sold these notebook computers (and individual
batteries) nationwide primarily by mail order and on their web sites from
October 1999 through October 2001 for between $1,800 to $2,500.
Consumers should stop using these rechargeable batteries immediately and
call (877) 475-3425 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or
go to the firm's recall web site at www.regcen.com/batteryrecall to order a
free replacement battery.