Acer, Taiwan's biggest manufacturer of pc & laptops, is having to institute a safety recall on six models of laptop due to an overheating threat under specific conditions. Unlike other recall cases, the problem doesn't comes from the acer laptop battery but from a microphone cable which runs underneath where your left palm would normally sit on the laptops.

The overheating occurs if "extreme pressure" is applied repeatedly to that area of the laptop. We don’t know what classes as extreme pressure, but to have a recall means it can’t be that much force.

You will know it is happening as the laptop case will become deformed and if your palm is touching the laptop then it may get burned.

The affected units are Acer Aspire models AS3410, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ and AS3810TZG manufactured prior to September 15, 2009.

There are thought to be around 22,000 units that carry the overheating risk sold between June and October 2009 across multiple retailers.

To find out if your laptop suffers from this problem visit the Acer Voluntary Safety recall page and enter your 22-digit serial number or 11-digit SNID in the box provided.