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Sony Corp said five PC makers including Hewlett-Packard Co and Toshiba Corp will recall 100,000 computer battery packs made by the Japanese electronics maker due to a fire hazard.

Sony said the recall is expected to have limited impact on its earnings, and its shares outperformed a falling Tokyo stock market on Friday.

The recall is a fraction of a much bigger recall of 9.6 million Sony PC batteries in 2006, which cost the company around 35.5 billion yen ($360 million).

The U.S. government issued on Thursday a recall of 35,000 Sony batteries and the Tokyo-based company said it would recall a further 65,000 batteries worldwide.

PC makers have reported 40 cases of overheating, including four cases where users suffered minor burns, and 21 cases of minor damage from fires and overheating, a Sony spokeswoman said.

The recall affects around 74,000 notebook PCs sold by HP and 14,400 from Toshiba.

The faulty batteries are also used in laptop PCs from Dell Inc, Acer Inc and Lenovo Group Ltd, Sony said.

Sony blamed the faulty batteries on factory changes dating back up to four years, which it believes may have affected the quality of some battery cells.

Other incidents of overheating may have involved a problem with raw materials, the company said.

HP laptop models affected by this recall:
HP Pavilion dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000
HP Compaq Presario v2000 and v2400
HP Compaq nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230,nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120 and nx9600

Toshiba:
Toshiba Satellite A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X and M50/M55
Toshiba Tecra A3, A5 and S2

Dell:
Dell Latitude 110L
Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150 and 5160

Sony just recalled last month 438,000 of its Vaio laptops due to concerns about overheating batteries.

(source: Reuters)

2 comments:

12million said...

looks like another case of cheap outsourced materials that compromises quality

RaduB. said...

well, they wanna push the battery's to their limit and that's understandable cause everyone wants a longer battery life but high quality materials are a MUST damn it!

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