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Apple Computer Inc. is recalling 1.8 million Sony Corp. batteries used in its Macintosh notebooks after faulty units caused some injury. The move comes a week after Dell Inc. instituted a similar recall. The batteries were used in Mac iBooks and PowerBooks sold between October 2003 and August 2006, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today in a statement. Problems with Sony batteries led Dell, the world’s largest personal-computer maker, to initiate the biggest recall in consumer-electronics history.

“The batteries pose a fire hazard, and we want consumers to take this recall seriously,” said Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the commission based in Bethesda, Maryland. “We want them to take the batteries out of the laptops immediately.”

There were nine incidents of batteries overheating, with two causing minor burns to Mac users, Wolfson said in an interview. The recall comes as Cupertino, California-based Apple is experiencing its highest sales of Macs in five years on demand for faster laptop models released earlier this year.

The safety commission said the recall affects 1.1 million Mac notebooks sold in the U.S. and 700,000 sold overseas. The machines were purchased at Apple’s stores, through the company’s Web site and at authorized resellers, the commission said. (source: bloomberg)

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