Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has issued a voluntary recall of some of its Aspire laptops that have been sold worldwide before the 15th of September 2009.
The affected unit are models carrying the names AS3410, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ and AS3810TZG. According to the product recall page, a microphone cable may overheat when "extreme pressure" is applied repeatedly to the left hand palm rest.
This can cause the laptop's enclosure to become deformed and the system may malfunction as a result. We fail however to see what might cause "extreme pressure" to be applied. Might be someone punching the area next to the touchpad or maybe an overweight cat that loves to sit over there go get some warmth.
Affected users are urged to go to the product recall page and enter the serial number of their computer to see if they are will be covered by the free collect and replace service put in place by Acer.
It appears to be the first voluntary recall in the world of technology that is not, in a way or another linked to a defective or exploding battery. Acer has not said how many units might have been affected by the issue.
Good to see that Acer is taking precautionary steps in order to solve the problem. In a few years, the Taiwanese manufacturer has managed to become one of the biggest laptop sellers worldwide. Many however say that Acer's build quality is still lagging behind that of its competitors.