darkman424 (darkman424) wrote,

Apple recalls 1.8 million batteries

Apple recalls 1.8 million batteries, due to risk of overheating and causing burns.

The cells in the lithium-ion batteries in the iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 computers - the only two models affected by the recall - were produced by Sony.

Again, by Sony, first the Dell batteries now Apple. I guess Sony just doesn't know how to make batteries.

But Wait, before anyone gets uppity about whether or not their laptop is going to burst into flames and take out a few city blocks, here is some excerpts from a Yahoo Tech expert on these battery issues.
Specifically he is talking about the Dell recall, but it just as well applies to any battery recall.

Here are what I think is the key parts:

People seem to think they're sitting on a time bomb, and they want it off their desk immediately.

Well I'm here to tell you one thing: Relax.

Seriously. Calm down.

OK. Now listen: Should you return your recalled Dell battery for a new one? Yes. Do you need to do it right this second? No. Some of you have been using these computers for years and the battery hasn't exploded yet. What are the odds that it's going to happen this weekend? Or even in the next few weeks? Virtually nil.

But let's look at this more thoroughly. What are the odds of a Dell notebook going up in flames?

Dell has reported 4.1 million laptops at risk, and six known cases of batteries melting or exploding over the last two years. Let's play pessimist and assume the problem is much worse than Dell knows about. Let's assume that over the next three years, ten times as many notebooks will explode if left with at-risk batteries. Doing the math: That's a 1 in 205,000 chance per year of a recalled battery exploding. Over the next two months, should you decide to wait a bit to replace your battery: The odds are 1 in 1,230,000.

Here's your risk of facing death or damage due to some more realistic concerns. (Note that all odds below are for the event happening over the course of one year.)

Odds of being struck by lightning (though not necessarily dying) in a given year: 1 in 400,000 (Source: National Weather Service)

Odds of dying in a car accident in a given year: 1 in 18,400 (Source: National Safety Council [NSC])

Odds of getting killed somehow while walking around outside: 1 in 49,000 (NSC)

Odds of drowning: 1 in 88,000 (NSC)

Odds of choking to death: 1 in 97,000 (NSC)

Odds of dying in an air (or space) accident: 1 in 392,000 (NSC)

Odds of freezing to death: 1 in 469,000 (NSC)

Odds of death from falling off the bed or a chair: 1 in 347,000 (NSC)

Odds of choking to death on your own vomit: 1 in 740,000 (NSC)

Odds of getting killed by fireworks: 1 in 26,440,000 (NSC)

Odds of death due to overly hot tap water: 1 in 11,100,000 (NSC)

Odds of death due to burning pajamas: 1 in 97,000,000 (NSC, and no that's not a joke)

Odds that you'll kill yourself: 1 in 9,200 (NSC)

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/2599

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