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  • Fujitsu Recalls 110,000 Battery Packs for Notebook PCs
  • September 3, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Fujitsu Ltd. said Aug. 31 that some of its battery packs for use in the FMV-BIBLO NA series notebook personal computers cause malfunctions, and that it has already started supplying replacements.
    The company opened an information office to resolve such battery-pack problems. The battery packs for the PCs, which total about 110,000 units, will be replaced with new units for free.

    According to Fujitsu, because of problems with quality control during production, battery liquid in the battery packs can cause short circuits in the electric circuits of the packs. This causes excessive heat in the packs. The heat in turn raises the temperature of the covers of the battery packs, and the covers might become deformed.

    About 200 units, equivalent to 0.2 percent of the total, could cause excessive heat. Fujitsu said a Japanese maker had furnished the battery packs, but its name was not released. Claims from users totaled about 90 from the summer of 1997 through August 1998.

    The PC model was sold from the winter of 1996 through the spring of 1997 targeting high-end office users, company officials said.

    More information is at (only in Japanese)

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    Updated: Wed Sep 2 18:40:12 1998 PDT