Laptop Batteries over Fear of Fire Recalled by Packard Bell

Batteries which have been fitted in some EasyNote laptops have been recalled by Packard Bell, after it was revealed that they can overheat and pose a potential fire threat.

As confirmed by the company, the defective batteries are in the EasyNote models MX36, MX37, MX51 and MX52, all of which have been manufactured between July and December 2007. These machines were mostly sold across Europe, while US had seen no sale of these.

"The battery cells contained in the affected units may experience internal short circuits which can potentially cause the cells to overheating and/or catch fire. There is no risk of electrocution to the user. There have been no reports of injuries", Packard Bell said in an official statement released on the issue.

For users of the aforementioned EasyNote laptops, the company has issued a warning to remove the battery and run them through the power cord, till replacements are offered.

The company is now urging anyone who has been affected to access Packard Bell's website for more information or call their help hotline on 0871 467 0008.