Laptop computing has become commonplace in the digital age – we all love being able to check our email from wherever or be able to get some important work done while traveling.
But a defective microphone wire in some Acer Aspire series notebooks can cause the machine to short circuit and overheat – over 22,000 machines were recalled last Thursday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to the announcement from the CPSC, the computers have a defective internal microphone wire located under the palm rest that can short circuit, overheat and even cause the computer’s casing to melt.
This isn’t the first recall of notebook computers involving short circuiting and over-heating. In 2006, the CPSC recalled more than 4 million lithium-ion batteries for Dell laptops and in 2008, Sony recalled over 430,000 of its VAIO-TZ series laptops. And last May, a recall for 70,000 batteries from Hewlett-Packard was issued after two reports came through saying the short causes the computer to catch fire!
Acer’s recall affects the following models: Acer AS3410, AS3410T, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ and AS3810TZG. Each of these has a 13.3 inch display. They were sold at various retailers across the country for $650 to $1150 from June 2009 to October 2009.
If you have one of these computers, discontinue use immediately and contact Acer toll-free at (866) 695-2237 for a free repair.
And if you’ve been injured by this or any defective product, contact Colorado personal injury attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm for a no-risk, no-fee consultation to determine if you’re entitled to any compensation.