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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

HP has recalled more than six million power leads after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned the kit was starting fires. HP AC power cord recall Melty cords a danger to HP users "HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
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Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable

Google has single-handedly outspent Big Cable in terms of lobbying dollars so far in 2014. The ad giant spent $9.3m compared to the $8.15m spent by the NCTA, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, according to the Open Secrets website, which keeps count. The NCTA represents Time Warner and Comcast and is run by …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2014
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Google's NEST can't stand the heat, needs patch for use in kitchen

A couple of weeks back, Google's recently-acquired Internet of Things division Nest stopped selling its smoke detectors because the devices could, under some circumstances, fail to report a fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission yesterday published a recall notice for the “Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm” for the same …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014

LenovOUCH! Thinkpad's overheating batteries spark recall alert

Lenovo has recalled a slew of ThinkPad batteries after two customers reported overheating problems. "On March 27, 2014, Lenovo voluntarily recalled certain lithium-ion batteries. These batteries were manufactured for use with ThinkPad notebook computers that shipped worldwide between October 2010 and April 2011," the company …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2014
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ALERT! Fling that FIERY HP Chromebook 11 charger back at Google

HP and Google have issued a formal recall for the defective micro-USB charger cables that have given some HP Chromebook 11 owners a nasty surprise by melting or bursting into flames during use. "If you purchased your HP Chromebook 11 on or before December 1, 2013 and you have not received a replacement charger," Google wrote in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Dec 2013
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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

American electronics chain Best Buy has recalled a batch of 5,100 MacBook Pro* replacement batteries after they caught fire while charging up. One customer suffered a serious leg burn, and 12 others reported seeing their device burst into flames, we're told. Anyone who bought a black or white lithium-ion replacement battery, …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
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HP pays $425,000 to settle blazing battery claim

HP has coughed up $425,000 to lay to rest allegations made by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission that it sold lithium ion laptop batteries it knew were dangerous. In July 2008, HP notified the CPSC that it was aware of a potential safety issue with certain notebook power packs. Under certain circumstances, the batteries …
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2012

Lenovo recalls 160,000 all-in-one PCs after blaze warning

Lenovo wants punters to send back a grand total of 160,000 ThinkCentre all-in-one desktop PCs because the machines' power supplies might overheat and burst into flames. The Mexico-made machines went out under the monikers M70z and M90z during the period May 2010 through January 2012, Lenovo said. Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z US …
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012
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Using a Lenovo All-In-One? Grab a fire extinguisher!

Lenovo is recalling another 15,000 All-In-One desktops due to concerns about over-heating and potential fire hazards, taking the tally to 188,000. The vendor announced a voluntary recall of 160,000 ThinkCentre M70z and M90z desktops in March and another 13,000 in April following a complaint to the US Consumer Product Safety …
Paul Kunert, 11 May 2012

Lenovo forced to expand 'flaming' PC recall

Lenovo has been forced to expand the recall of possibly flamey desktops it first announced back in March. The Chinese PC giant, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced the initial recall affected around 50,500 ThinkCentre M70z and M90z desktops. At the time, it said, "A defect in an internal …
Joe Fay, 26 Apr 2012
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HP issues annual exploding battery recall

HP came thiiis close to getting out of the month without its traditional May laptop-battery recall – but it didn't quite make it. HP batteries under recall Bad batteries! Bad! Bad! (click to enlarge) The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that HP is recalling another 162,600 lithium-ion batteries that …
Rik Myslewski, 31 May 2011

Sony recalls burning US laptops

Sony is recalling 73,000* Vaio TZ-series laptops sold in the US, as a possible short circuit of wires near the hinge could burn users. *The BBC reports 440,000 machines in the US and Japan are affected by the recall, but none in the UK. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Sony to get the machines back. …
John Oates, 04 Sep 2008
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Acer recalls potentially overheating Predators

Acer has recalled all of its Predator monster gaming desktop PC in the US after two owners experienced machine meltdown. Neither punter said they were hurt by the incidents, which involved short-circuits within the system that led to "melted internal components and external casing", according to the US Consumer Product Safety …
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2009
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Acer recalls 22,000 over microphone flame out fear

Acer has issued a voluntary product recall notice for 22,000 Acer Aspire notebooks in the US, after it emerged that they could overheat and burn their owners. Or maybe not. The voluntary recall, kicked off in association with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, follows a similar European recall back in October. …
Joe Fay, 11 Jan 2010
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LG 830 "Spyder" phones recalled for dropping 911 calls

US consumer safety regulators have issued a recall on some 30,000 LG mobile phones after a software error caused a stranded motorist's phone to drop its connection to 911 emergency services. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall involves LG 830 "Spyder" touch-screen cell phones sold in the US from September …
Austin Modine, 02 Mar 2009
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Exploding iPhone injures French teen

A French teenager has been injured by his girlfriend's exploding iPhone, little more than a week after Apple was accused of trying to suppress news of an exploding iPod Touch. According to the AFP, Marie-Dominique Kolega contacted Apple after her son was hit by a flying piece of Jobsian status symbol. Apparently, the iPhone made …
Cade Metz, 12 Aug 2009

Sony recalls defective power bricks

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for tens of thousands of power adapters for Sony VAIO desktops. According to the notice, 69,000 faulty VGP-AC19V17 AC adapters were included with Sony's VGC-LT and VGC-JS2 VAIO Desktop series computers, along with VGP-PRBX1 and VGP-PRFE1 docking stations. The Chinese …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Oct 2009
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US mulls clicks for cameraphones

Dumb law of the day comes from the US where consideration is being given to making it illegal to sell cameraphones which do not make a click noise when a still picture is taken. The "Camera Phone Predator Alert Act" would forbid selling of phones which have a means to disable or silence the tone. Should the law ever pass it …
John Oates, 27 Jan 2009
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Yanks floored by nail guns, computers and baseballs

We're very much obliged to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has produced a handy online guide detailing just what kind of damage our accident-prone American cousins managed to sustain between 1991 and 2008. The data is gathered by the "National Electronic Injury Surveillance System" (NEISS) and represents a " …
Lester Haines, 18 Jan 2010
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HP hit by laptop recall

HP is recalling thousands of laptop batteries after two machines overheated and caught fire. Although no one was injured it is clearly not comfortable, or safe, having a flaming lappie on your lap. The lithium-ion batteries were in HP or Compaq branded machines sold between August 2007 and March 2008. About 70,000* batteries …
John Oates, 15 May 2009
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Exploding iPod backfires on Apple

Apple is accused of trying to silence a father and his daughter with a legal gagging after the girl’s iPod Touch had inexplicably exploded. Ken Stanborough,47, from Liverpool, told The Times that Apple would refund his money only if the pair signed a confidentiality agreement banning them from talking publicly about the incident …
James Sherwood, 03 Aug 2009

PC vendors recall more blazin' Sony batteries

Computer vendors are recalling about 35,000 Sony laptop battery packs in the US based on reports of the batteries overheating and catching fire. A US Consumer Product Safety Commission notice today announced the voluntary recall, warning that owners should stop using the product immediately. The recall concerns certain Sony …
Austin Modine, 30 Oct 2008
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Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit

Nintendo has been hit with yet another Wii-related lawsuit. This time, it’s a $5m (£3.3m/€3.7m) action filed by a US mother who claims that the console’s Remote strap design is faulty and dangerous. Wii_strap_designs Nintendo's second Remote strap design (left) and third attempt (right) According to documents filed with the …
James Sherwood, 12 Dec 2008

Lenovo recalls 200,000 Thinkpad batteries

Lenovo is recalling more than 200,000 Thinkpad batteries after some almost caught fire when owners dropped their laptops. The firm alerted America's Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) when it got four reports of notebooks overheating, following a forceful impact to the corner. One owner suffered "minor eye irritation" as …
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Lenovo and IBM recall 500k+ batteries

Lenovo and IBM today issued a recall on notebook batteries sold with various ThinkPad models between February 2005 and September 2006. More than 500,000 units are affected - they are powered by the now notorious lithium-ion 'Zippo' batteries made by Sony, which have a nasty habit of exploding into flames. Last week, a Lenovo- …
Drew Cullen, 28 Sep 2006

'Hindenbook' returns to burn Apple users

Dell isn't the only manufacturer affected by Sony's exploding batteries. Apple has issued a recall of 1.8m batteries for PowerBooks and iBooks sold between October 2003 and August 2006 inclusive. It's the fourth time in two years that Apple has issued a recall, but this time it's by far the most serious. "We want [users] to …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2006
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Another 1,400 Sony batteries sent for slaughter

Batteries continue to be a hot topic for Sony, but not in a good way. Toshiba American Information Systems has announced the recall of some 1,400 Sony batteries used in its Satellite and Tecra notebook range. The warning states that the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries can, as usual, overheat and pose a fire hazard to …
James Sherwood, 10 Aug 2007
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Dell's 'Zippo' batteries may be in other machines

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking at other makes of laptop which use Sony batteries to see if they too pose a fire risk. Dell said yesterday it is recalling 4.1m lithium-ion batteries, some of which have spontaneously combusted. The direct seller has received six reports of batteries overheating and causing …
John Oates, 16 Aug 2006

Gateway opens up to Sony battery recall plan

Gateway has become the latest notebook computer supplier to recall Sony-made laptop batteries. It has asked for some 35,000 lithium-ion power packs to be returned. The batteries could, under "very rare circumstances" overheat and catch fire, Gateway said, though it claimed it has not heard of any instances of this happening with …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2006
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NCR recalls inkjet refill kits

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling about 78,000 NCR inkjet refill kits. The Universal Inkjet Refill Kits do not have child-resistant packaging or warning labels. The ink contains ethylene glycol, which poses an "ingestion hazard to young children". The ink kits were sold at Big Lots and Walgreens between …
John Oates, 16 Sep 2004

'Zippo' battery recall could cost Sony $430m and a truck

Dell has suffered from the bad press associated with its 4.1m fire-breathing laptop batteries that were recalled this week. But it's Sony - the maker of the lithium-ion batteries - that looks to front most of the financial burden for replacing systems. Sony's line of recalled "Zippo" batteries could cost the company close to $ …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Aug 2006
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Compaq recalls fiery laptop adapters

Compaq has issued a recall and replace notice for 1.4m faulty laptop AC power adapters, after five caught fire. No-one was hurt, but it would not do for Compaq to torch its customers. (Very bad for business and for legal costs as anyone who remembers the exploding Ford Pinto will know.) Compaq says it is making the worldwide …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2001
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IBM recalls 500,000 melting notebook adapters

More than 500,000 notebook power adapters sold by IBM are being recalled to offset the threat of melting plastic and even fire. IBM and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall, saying at least six consumers have reported incidents with the power adapters. The adapters were produced by Delta Electronics …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Sep 2004
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Apple recalls notebook batteries - again

Apple has asked 128,000 notebook computer users to return their PowerBook or iBook batteries on the off-chance the components could overheat and catch fire. The batteries were produced by South Korea's LG Chem, which also made the 15in PowerBook batteries Apple was forced to recall last August. Apple Batteries The recall, …
Tony Smith, 20 May 2005
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HP recalls 135,000 laptop batteries

Hewlett-Packard has recalled around 135,000 HP and Compaq laptop battery packs after reports claimed they were prone to overheating and catching fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall by Hewlett-Packard of a range of HP Pavilion and HP/Compaq Presario and Evo laptop battery packs. …
Team Register, 15 Oct 2005
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Apple recalls 15in PowerBook batteries

Apple has asked anyone who has a certain 15in PowerBook G4 models to return the battery, which could be faulty. Apple Battery identitication The recall follows four complaints made to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding batteries that have overheated. Overheating poses a fire risk, but it is not believed that …
Tony Smith, 20 Aug 2004
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HP recalls 2.5m printer power cables

Hewlett-Packard is replacing power cords for sundry inkjet printers because the connectors can break, exposing users to risk from electric shocks. Longwell Electronics, the makers of the cords, is recalling 2.5 million power cord sets, sold with the following HP printers: HP Deskjet 800 series and 900 series, HP Photosmart 1000 …
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2002
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Cisco ADSL adapters can melt through plastic

Cisco is voluntarily recalling approximately 95,000 ADSL router power adapters which could pose a fire risk. Cisco states that adapters used with its 827, 827-4V, 826, SOHO77, SOHO77-50 and 827-EUR (small business and telecommuter) ADSL routers "can overheat and melt a hole through the housing, posing a fire hazard. In addition …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2001
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Lexmark recalls 40,000 laser printers

Lexmark has asked buyers to return a range of laser printer models after "internal reliability testing" uncovered a potential electric shock hazard. According to the company, which reported the recall in co-operation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, no user has been affected by the problem - or, rather, no one …
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2004
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IBM raises smoke alarm over 63,000 monitors

IBM and its Taiwanese supplier LiteOn Technology this week expanded a recall of 15-inch monitors which could catch fire. The risk affects tens of thousands of G51 and G51t computer monitors manufactured by LiteOn and sold by IBM, which were made more than five years ago (so how many are still in use?). The original recall, …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2003