The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced recalls of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed.
Product: Gateway lithium ion battery packs
Units: About 14,000
Battery distributor: Gateway Inc., of Irvine, Calif.
Hazard: The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Description: The recalled battery packs were shipped as the primary or spare battery pack for some Gateway 400VTX and 450ROG series notebooks, and are identified by part numbers 6500760 or 6500761. The part number and“made by SMP” are printed on a label on the underside of the battery pack.
Sold through: Gateway's professional and direct distributors and Gateway Country stores nationwide from May through August 2003. The computers with these batteries sold for $1,200 to $2,400, and individual batteries sold for $60 to $90.
Remedy: Stop using these batteries and contact Gateway to receive a replacement battery. Consumers can use the computers safely by turning the system off, removing the battery pack and using the AC adapter and power cord until they receive the replacement battery.
Contact: Call 800-292-6813 or visit www.gateway.com/battery.