Acer Recalls 27,000 Sony Notebook Batteries

An Acer America spokesman said the company, which has been gaining significant market share over the past 18 months, has received no reports of incidents and found no technical issues after months of testing and investigation. The decision to recall the units was made out of an abundance of caution, he said.

Acer America will replace the affected batteries free.

Acer America sold the units in question in the United States and Canada between May 2004 and November 2006. The affected units include several different models of Acer TravelMate and Acer Aspire laptops. The notebooks sold for between $500 and $1,500, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Information on the specific notebook models and batteries being recalled can be found at

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Last year, Dell, Apple, Lenovo, Toshiba and other PC makers were forced to recall notebooks with batteries made by Sony after it came to light that a flaw in Sony's manufacturing process could lead to short circuits, sparks or fire. Dell, which had the most highly publicized incidents of notebook battery issues, recalled more than 4.1 million notebook batteries.