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RIM recalls some BlackBerry PlayBooks

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a pretty solid piece of hardware, and a popular tablet choice, but it looks like there was a problem batch of the tablets. According to an inside source nearly 1,000 faulty tablets were shipped to Staples, and now they are being recalled by the company.

Hopefully Staples and other retailers will let their customers know about the problem right away, but if you want to be sure about the one that you bought, just hit the link below and check out the searchable spreadsheet of all 935 alleged serial numbers.

Toshiba issues recall on T series notebooks due to burn risk

Posted in Toshiba by Shane McGlaun on September 3rd, 2010

Toshiba has been in the notebook computer business for a long time and has over the years been forced to recall some of its machines for various reasons. Toshiba has announced a recall of some of its T series notebook computers due to a burn risk.

Toshiba is recalling the Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130 notebooks and has sold about 41,000 units globally. The reason for the recall is that the machines can overheat at the place where the AC adapter connects posing a burn hazard.

iPhone 4 hardware recall coming?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2010

Hot on the heels of that Consumer Reports issue, now PR experts are saying that a hardware recall for the new iPhone is inevitable. It all comes down to PR. By now, everyone who has an iPhone 4 has either experienced the situation, or knows someone who has, or has heard about it.

Apple is saying that a software fix is being tested, but whether it’s a software issue or not hardly matters anymore. It’s an obvious design snafu. So is a recall needed? Or will free fixes be offered? One thing is for sure, this kind of design stupidity is unfair to it’s loyal customers. Stay tuned.

Sony not “recalling” Vaio notebooks, firmware fix is available

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

Yesterday I mentioned that Sony was having an issue with some 530k of its Vaio notebooks where they could overheat and cause distortion of the plastic chassis of the machine. There were mixed reports that the machines were being recalled along with reports that a firmware fix was being offered.

These mixed reports left a lot of us wondering exactly what was going on. Apparently, both things were true. To most of us when you say recall, we think box it up and send it back. Sony and the Consumer Product Safety commission have issued a “recall” on the machines.

Acer recalls 22,000 laptops

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

You might remember that back in October Acer had to recall some Aspire laptops. Well, now the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued recalls on Acer’s AS3410, AS3410T, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ, and AS3810TZG laptops.

Those are all 13.3″ models. They are being recalled due to bad internal wiring of the microphone. Apparently three incidents of short circuiting have been reported so far, which causes the laptop’s plastic cases to melt. Hopefully not while on your lap.

Sony recalls VAIO power adapters due to shock hazard

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on October 29th, 2009

sonyadapter-sbThe last few weeks have seen several large recalls of products by consumer electronics makers. Sony is certainly no stranger to recalls and was one of the companies that recalled huge numbers of batteries a few years ago.

This week Sony announced that it was issuing a recall on 69,000 VAIO computer AC adapters model number VGP-AC19V. The adapters were sold with VAIO AIO computers, docking stations, VCG-LT and VGC-JS2 series computers, and VGP-PRBX1 and VGP-PRFE1 machines.

Coby Electronics recalls portable DVD players for fire hazard

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on October 23rd, 2009

cobydvdrecallI am not sure why so many of the recalls in the electronics industry are the faulty of defective batteries. You would think when all of those laptops were recalled over bad batteries the industry would have learned its lesson. Apparently not, Coby Electronics recalled over 19,000 portable DVD players today due to a fire hazard from faulty battery packs.

The DVD player in question is the TF-DVD-8501 DVD/CD.MP3 players with an 8.5-inch screen. The batteries covered in the recall will have a serial number starting with the letters HY. The serial number can be found on a white sticker on the battery.

Acer recalls some Aspire laptops

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2009

Acer recalls some Aspire laptopsHave you recently purchased an Acer Aspire laptop? If so, you may be interested to know that Acer has issued a product recall for certain models. Some of the laptops have a microphone cable on the left hand side, under the palm rest, which may overheat when extreme pressure is applied.

The models in question include the Aspire models AS3410, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ and AS3810TZG which were manufactured before September 15th 2009. Hit up the link for more details to see what you should do if you have one.

Wal-Mart announces recall expansion of Durabrand DVD players

Posted in dvd players by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2009

Wal-Mart DVD players may burst into flamesSometimes it just doesn’t pay to buy cheap electronics at Wal-Mart. The items in question are the $18 – $29 Durabrand DVD players sold in the US and the UK, which were recently recalled. 1.5 million of the units recalled to be exact, due to 12 reported cases of overheating.

They caused some property damage, but no injuries, but now, they have more reported cases of the same problem, so they’ve upped the recall to cover 4.2 million devices. The original recall was only for the silver units sold, but now it also covers the pink and purple DVD players sold between January 2006 and July 2009.

Samsung recalls Jitterbug handsets

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Samsung recalls Jitterbug handsetsSamsung is recalling 160,000 Jitterbug cellphones. The handsets targeted seniors they want them back since they are missing one very important feature. They don’t connect to 911 services whenever the handset is out of their service area.

Jitterbug owners get an “out of range, try again later” message instead of help. The recall will apply to SPH-a110 and SPH-a120 Jitterbug models that are equipped with standard keys and were sold between March 2008 and May 2009. Owners of the OneTouch model don’t have to worry since that handset is not affected.

LG recalls 30,000 830 Spyder handsets due to Poor 911 connection

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

LG recalls 30,000 830 Spyder handsets due to Poor 911 connectionIt’s always nice when your phone has some extra bells and whistles, but we tend to forget that the most important feature of your phone is it’s 911 functionality. That’s why LG must be feeling a bit embarrassed that around 30,000 LG 830 Spyder handsets are having a tough time dialing for help.

A product recall notes that a huge number of them have “difficulty sustaining a connection or have poor voice quality on calls to emergency 911.” On the up side, LG is acting responsibly, as it has only received a single report that did not result in any injuries.

Rage Wireless Guitars leak acid, transforms Rock into Acid Rock

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2008

Rage Wireless Guitars leak acid, transforms Rock into Acid RockFile this one under “Things that do not rock!” The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled all the 57,000 $55 Rage Wireless Guitars that have thus far been sold. The reason? They were made in China of course.

Apparently a circuit board defect can cause the AA batteries included to leak acid if they are installed incorrectly. (People actually install batteries incorrectly?) What it means is that the acid may burn consumers flesh and transform ordinary plain rock into Acid Rock. And that is just unacceptable. I’ll tell you what else is unacceptable. Chemical burns to the groin. Everyone stop rocking immediately. Guitars are dropping, I mean leaking acid!