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NEC Recalls 15,000 Laptops

Problem near the power supply could cause computers to catch fire.

Tokyo (AP)- Japanese electronics maker NEC recalled 15,000 laptop computers on Monday over concerns they could catch fire.

The recall affects NEC’s Valuestar lineup of notebook computers sold only in Japan. Two of the laptops caught fire due to a defective part near the power supply, the company said in a statement.

No one was hurt during the malfunctions and NEC will repair the defective parts free of charge, company spokesman Kazuhito Oto said. The Valuestar H and Valuestar G Type H computers were made between November 2003 and June 2004, the company said.

The power problem was unrelated to the computer’s battery, Oto said.