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#147728 - 01/16/03 11:17 PM News report: "Girl burnt by exploding computer"
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#147729 - 01/17/03 07:06 PM Re: News report: "Girl burnt by exploding computer"
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ThinkGood,
I have always had my doubts about Laptop computers, this just confirms my doubts.
There was a guy in Germany(I think), that recieved serious burns to his Groin and Scrotal area, when the battery in his Lap-top exploded, this was only a few weeks ago.
I wonder if this is the same type of cause, in the case that you have presented?, mind you, it must have been a large explosion to cause injuries like that.
It would pay to find out what Brand of Lap- top was involved in each incident, as this may be a faulty batch of batteries.

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#147730 - 01/17/03 08:04 PM Re: News report: "Girl burnt by exploding computer"
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I'd be interested to know the brand also as my wife and I both have IBM Thinkpads.I had never heard of 1 exploding.(any brand).I have heard of people getting burnt by them.Mine gets warm on the bottom but not hot enough to cause burns.
Since he was a foreign official,maybe it was boobytrapped( Dr Anil Sooklal, foreign affairs deputy director-general for Asia and the Middle East)

A yahoo and google search only turned up a mention of NEC recalling exploding laptops in 1993.Surely this computer is not (wasn't)that old.

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#147731 - 01/18/03 03:56 AM Re: News report: "Girl burnt by exploding computer"
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I'm wondering what caused this incident. Could it have been a dead short on the battery? NiCd battery packs will deliver a very heavy current when shorted.

How many of these laptop designs incorporate proper fusing to reduce this risk?
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#147732 - 01/18/03 05:21 PM Re: News report: "Girl burnt by exploding computer"
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My first thought was the battery shorting out as well. I've heard of people putting a 9-volt battery in their pocket and with keys, coins, etc...ouch.
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