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As many as 10,000 batteries Sony-made in December 2005 are now being recalled by Toshiba

Toshiba announced plans to recall 10,000 notebook battery packs due to possible fire hazards.  Even though only 5,100 of the Sony-made batteries are faulty, Toshiba wants to make sure all defective batteries are collected.  The offending batteries were created solely for Toshiba.   

So far, three fire incidents were reported to Toshiba -- one in Australia and two in Japan.  Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Omori said no one was injured in any of the incidents.

A number of companies were forced to recall batteries do to serious safety concerns, highlighted after an IBM ThinkPad burst into flames, along with other reported incidents of fire.  Korean Air and QANTAs temporarily banned the use of Dell and Apple notebooks, regardless of what kind of internal battery was used.

The recalled batteries were manufactured in December 2005 for the following Toshiba notebook products:  Dynabook, Dynabook Satellite, Satellite and the Tecra -- and were available in the U.S., Japan, Europe, China and Australia.

Sony finally turned over as many as 9.6 million batteries used by a number of different notebook manufacturers.  The cost of recalling and replacing all of the batteries should be minuscule compared to the large recalls that took place last year.

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Toshiba Battery Recall - OFFICIAL
By llamaboy on 7/20/2007 12:24:39 PM , Rating: 5
Since no actual official links or details were included, here's a link to the Toshiba support page:
According to this page, the only affected models are select Satellite A100/A105 and Tecra A7.

By RamarC on 7/20/2007 3:50:48 PM , Rating: 2

By nineball9 on 7/21/2007 2:11:47 AM , Rating: 2
Another thank you!

On a side note:
By Acanthus on 7/20/2007 12:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
The batteries that arent even on the recall seem to have about a 1 year usable life before they need replaced.

Even with light usage.

Read the reviews here for the sony battery in my Dell E1505.

RE: On a side note:
By TomZ on 7/20/2007 1:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
It makes me wonder if cost-cutting pressure is causing battery manufacturers to cut corners. One year life is pretty unacceptable for a battery using that chemistry and costing that much.

original source/announcement?
By RamarC on 7/20/2007 11:01:11 AM , Rating: 2
could someone post the original source or announcement for this recall? i saw nothing on toshiba's website and need to figure out if my notebook is affected.

By wallijonn on 7/20/2007 12:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
A number of companies were forced to recall batteries [due] to serious safety concerns

Sony wants to win so badly
By InternetGeek on 7/23/2007 12:51:18 AM , Rating: 1
They send out explosive batteries to all their competitors. Think of a modern version of troy's horse.

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