Fire Danger Leads to Recall of Gateway Computers

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Irvine, Calif. (AP) Gateway and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a voluntary recall of lithium-ion battery packs because some shipped with some Gateway notebook computers pose a fire danger.

The commission says the battery packs can overheat and pose a fire hazard. Gateway has received four reports of battery packs overheating, including minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

About 14,000 battery packs have been shipped as the primary or spare power sources for two series of notebooks.

The commission says this is not an internal battery cell defect.

The part numbers for the battery packs are: 6500760 or 6500761.

The computers with these batteries were sold through Gateway's direct distributors and Gateway Country Stores between May 2003 and August 2003.

You can also call Gateway at (800) 292-6813 - between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week.

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