Acer recalls 22,000 over microphone flame out fear

You're speaking too close to the fire


Acer has issued a voluntary product recall notice for 22,000 Acer Aspire notebooks in the US, after it emerged that they could overheat and burn their owners.

Or maybe not.

The voluntary recall, kicked off in association with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, follows a similar European recall back in October.

According to the recall notice, "An internal microphone wire under the palm rest can short circuit and overheat. This poses a potential burn hazard to consumers."

So far, the firm has received "three reports of computers short circuiting, resulting in slight melting of the external casing." None of these have been in the US, and none has resulted in any injury.

This didn't stop the recall immediately being flashed on ambulance chaser site, New York Injury News

The models in question are the Acer AS3410, AS3410T, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ and AS3810TZG. Just to help consumers, who generally have no idea what PC they're running, the notice adds that they all have 13.3 inch screens.

Back in December, Acer subsidiary Packard Bell issued a recall notice on four models due to concerns over overheating batteries. ®

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