Packard Bell is recalling the batteries in four models of laptop computers sold mostly in Europe due to possible overheating or fire.

The company said the models are in its EasyNote line and include the MX36, MX37, MX51 and MX52. Those affected were produced between July and December 2007. The units were mostly sold in Europe.

Packard Bell advised that the batteries be removed the computers be run with the power cord. The batteries could short circuit and cause the battery cells to overheat or catch fire. Packard Bell said there is no risk of electrocution, and it had received no reports of injuries so far.

Users can call the company's service line on a UK phone number (0871 467 0008) to check if their models are affected. The company will replace the batteries.

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