Just when you thought that this whole laptop battery recall thing was over: Enter Acer computer. They’re recalling certain models with (you guessed it) Sony lithium-ion batteries. Reader Joe writes:
It seems Acer fell asleep during the whole Sony battery recall thing and is just recalling them now. Well, I do have a couple of affected Acer laptops, and so far the process is painful. The operators on the other end answer the phone in a language unknown to me (though one time I think I heard the operator say South Africa?) though they promptly switched to very understandable English after I spoke.
However, the line quality is so horrible that my call was dropped 3 before being able to complete a replacement request.
Even better is the 3 to 6 weeks it is to take for the replacement to arrive. Now I need to go out and buy another battery just in case the current one decides to asplode and take my naughty bits with it.
Heaven forbid your naughty bits get taken out, Joe. For more information about the recall, click here. If you don’t need to use your battery (sorry, Joe!) you can continue to use the notebook computers safely by turning the system off, removing the battery, and using the AC adapter and power cord to power the system until the replacement battery is received. —MEGHANN MARCO
Acer America Corporation Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Previous Fires [CPSC]