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Fujitsu Recalls Lifebook Battery Packs Over Fire Concerns

The company reportedly will recall as many as 70,000 of the battery packs, which are found in certain laptops that were sold in 2011 and 2012.


Fujitsu is recalling as many as 70,000 battery packs for some of its Lifebook notebook PCs that were sold worldwide between 2011 and 2012.

According to the notice posted on the company's Website, the recall comes among concerns that some of the battery packs, which were manufactured by Panasonic, could ignite and cause a fire, officials said. According to the Japan Times, Fujitsu officials confirmed three cases of fires that have been linked to the battery, but that there are no reports of anyone being injured.

Fujitsu will recall the batteries and replace them, the company said in the recall notice on the company's Website.

The recall affects a broad range of Lifebook systems sold not only in the Japan but throughout most regions including the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It impacts both consumer and enterprise systems. Those systems are listed in the recall notice.

Those battery packs subject to the recall have the product numbers CP556150-01 and 02, and partial serial numbers Z110802 to Z111212 and Z120102 to Z120512. The product number and partial serial number can be found printed beneath the barcode on a sticker attached to the battery pack, according to the company.

For those users affected by the battery recall, Fujitsu is suggesting that they remove the battery pack before using their laptop and keep it powered via the AC adapter. Users also should make sure the notebook is turned off and the AC adapter unplugged when the battery pack is removed. Once removed, the battery pack should be stored in a cool, dark place away from flammable objects, the company said.

"Fujitsu deeply apologizes for the inconvenience it has caused its customers, and asks for your cooperation in the battery pack recall and replacement," company officials said in the recall notice.