LG Pulls Laptop Model After Battery Melts

Firms chooses caution after 2nd battery breakdown of 2008
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 6:54 PM CST
A pedestrian walks past the logo of LG in front of a mobile phone shop in Seoul, 06 March 2005. AFP PHOTO/JUNG YEON-JE   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – LG pulled a laptop model from stores following a report that the battery melted while in use, the AP reports. A company spokesman said it had opened an investigation into the meltdown, adding that the model is no longer in production and is sold only in South Korea.

A graduate student in South Korea reported that his laptop’s battery melted Thursday night, the spokesman said. LG batteries are designed to melt in special cases to avoid a potential explosion. The incident follows reports in January that a different model LG battery exploded, again in South Korea.