A recall of 128,000 rechargeable lithium ion batteries for iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 systems is issued by Apple. The affected batteries could overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Apple has received six reports of overheated batteries and suggests users to stop using the batteries and order a replacement battery immediately. The batteries can be exchanged worldwide for a new battery, free of charge.
Identifying your battery
The recalled batteries include those with model numbers A1061, A1078, and A1079 and serial numbers that begin with HQ441 through HQ507 and 3X446 through 3X510. To view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the battery, you must remove the battery from the computer. The battery serial number is printed in black or dark grey lettering beneath a barcode. See photos below. Please use the chart below to identify the battery model and serial numbers that apply to your iBook or PowerBook.
Computer model Battery model number Serial number range
12-inch iBook G4 A1061 HQ441 – HQ507
12-inch PowerBook G4 A1079 3X446 – 3X510
15-inch PowerBook G4 A1078 3X446 – 3X509
Note: If your battery serial number does not match the requirements listed above, you do not have to exchange your battery.