Acer has announced a recall of 27,000 laptop batteries just six months after the company said it would not need to join the global battery replacement programmes launched by several other manufacturers.
Acer America said the rechargeable lithium ion batteries contain cells made by Sony Energy Devices that could overheat and potentially cause a fire. The recall by the manufacturer's US subsidiary is being made in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The announcement follows a number of high profile laptop PC battery recalls related to Sony-made cells. The recalls started with Dell last August, and continued on to nearly every major PC vendor in the world, including Lenovo Group and Sony itself. Over 9.6m laptop PC batteries have been recalled so far.
No users have reported problems with overheating batteries in Acer laptops, the company said. It provided a list of TravelMate and Aspire brand laptops sold in the US between May 2004 through November 2006 that contain faulty batteries.
A website set up for the battery recall lists affected laptop models and offers users instructions about how to get a replacement.
Customers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately, Acer said, and use their AC adapter and power cord until a replacement battery arrives.