Thursday, February 9th 2017

Fujitsu Issues Recall for Battery Packs in Notebook Computers and Workstations

Fujitsu is recalling the Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs used in their CELSIUS H720, LIFEBOOK E752, E733, E743, E753, P702, P772, S710, S752, S762, T732, T734, and T902 notebooks. The battery packs with the CP556150-03, CP579060-01 and CP629458-03 product numbers can overheat and cause serious injuries to consumers. Both the product and serial numbers are visible on the white sticker that's located on the battery. Out of the 5,800 units sold in the United States and 606 units in Canada, Fujitsu has only received one report of the battery catching fire so far. Owners with the affected models should remove their battery packs as soon as possible and contact Fujitsu for a free replacement. They can continue to use their notebooks normally by plugging in the AC power while they wait for the replacement battery.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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silentbogo
Out of the 5,800 units sold in the United States and 606 units in Canada, Fujitsu has only received one report of the battery catching fire so far.
They'd better look at their flat packs in U-/UH- series. Had several Fujitsu laptops with faulty battery controllers over the past year or so (all were 3rd and 4th gen Intel). One was so bad, that one cell in a battery pack actually blew up inside the laptop. Good thing that it did not penetrate the vacuum-sealed shell (just looked like a tumor inside a flat 3.7V cell)...
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silkstone
silentbogo said:
They'd better look at their flat packs in U-/UH- series. Had several Fujitsu laptops with faulty battery controllers over the past year or so (all were 3rd and 4th gen Intel). One was so bad, that one cell in a battery pack actually blew up inside the laptop. Good thing that it did not penetrate the vacuum-sealed shell (just looked like a tumor inside a flat 3.7V cell)...
Those flat batteries really suck, as I don't think they vent in case of catastrophic failure. The good thing about the cylindrical ones is that they will have weak spots and holes near the positive terminals that allow venting. Still not exactly safe, but a jet of gas is better than an explosion.
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