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Sony recalls 100,000 batteries in the U.S. and abroad

One of the most important components of a notebook is its battery, which is what allows users to roam and work without cords. In 2006 and 2007 massive battery, recalls were issued after several defective notebook batteries caught on fire.

Sony issued another battery recall this week that covers about 100,000 batteries across the world. In the U.S. 35,000, batteries are covered in the recall and an additional 65,000 batteries are under the recall abroad.

The batteries were manufactured by Sony Energy Devices Corporation of Japan. The reason cited for the recall is that the lithium-ion batteries can overheat and pose a fire hazard. According to Sony, there have been 19 reports to date of the batteries overheating and 17 of the reports included flames/fire. Ten of the 17 with flames/fire included minor property damage and out of the 19 known incidents, two consumers received minor burns

HP is by far the most affected by the battery recalls with 32,000 of the 35,000 U.S. batteries in use in HP systems. Notebook models using the batteries in question include the HP Pavilion dv1000, dv8000, and zd8000. Specific HP battery models include those with a bar code label starting with A0, L0, L1, and GC.

Toshiba has about 3,000 affected batteries that were used in its Satellite A70/75, P30/35, M30X/M35X, M50/M55 notebooks. The batteries also found their way into the Tecra A3, A5, and S2 systems. Dell has about 150 notebooks in the recall with the Dell OU091 battery that was used in the Latitude 110L, Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160 notebooks.

HP systems in question were sold from December 2004 to June 2006. Toshiba systems were sold from April 2005 to October 2005. Dell systems were sold from November 2004 to November 2005. Sony says that users of notebooks with batteries covered in the recall should immediately remove the batteries from the notebook and contact the PC manufacturer for further instructions.

In the recalls of a few years back, Sony had 9.6 million batteries affected.



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RE: Maybe....
By Mitch101 on 10/31/2008 2:38:05 PM , Rating: 4
Sadly I kind of feel this about all of Sony's products now.

I had 2 Sony DVD players die on me in 5 years.
My Buddy's Sony HDTV dead within 9 months. Repaired and dead again in 3 months.
My Buddy's older big screen HDTV developed screen problems around the 3rd year of use.
Buddy's Sony camcorder within a year.
Numerous Sony digital cameara's among friends with issues.
Most recently the Sony PSP 3000 screen problems.

I think Sony has managed to eliminate quality from their consumer product lineup. Sad because usually when you bought Sony it outlives you.


RE: Maybe....
By StevoLincolnite on 10/31/2008 2:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
I have my Sony Digital Camera from 2002 still, which is considered rather ancient that has been bashed and bruised and thrown around and still works without issue.

We all know that LCD and Plasma TV's wont last as long as the regular CRT screens in most cases, I have an old Sony Television which was one of the "First" color models available that is 40 years old and is perfect as a kids gaming Television.

However I managed to blow up the 2x 10" sub woofers on my Sony 7.1 surround sound system, but that was more of my fault that Sony's I guess.

Really you just have to pick and choose your components wisely, I have never really had any issues with any of my electronics, but there is "no" company that is not without it's issues in a product, you just need to do your research.

I'm just happy though that my Tecra A9 wasn't effected, the last thing I need is a potential fire hazard with my battery, especially after spilling an entire coffee on the keyboard. (Gotta love Spill-proof designs).


RE: Maybe....
By Mitch101 on 10/31/2008 3:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
2002 was 6 years ago. This all started that I can trace about 5 years ago and has gotten progressively worse in the last 2 years.

There was a time when you didn't have to do that with Sony and it wasnt very long ago. Sony pretty much meant quality no matter what you bought from them but of all the Sony products I know that have been purchased in the last 5 years have had major problems or have been since replaced because they have died not because they outlived their usefulness.

BTW those 2 Big Screen TV's were rear projection units. Most of the people I know went Sharp Aquos for flat panels.


RE: Maybe....
By HostileEffect on 10/31/2008 10:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of dead Sony products, when I was upgrading someones computer, the optical drive refused to open and required repeated emergency opening. The drive also scratched up a brand new driver disc, as well as the previous game that was inside it. I expect a new drive to arrive tonight.


RE: Maybe....
By 9nails on 11/2/2008 1:19:39 AM , Rating: 2
I can recall my first Sony PS2 experience when I went over to a cousin's house... DVD drive errors made that quite a dull event. He mentioned that his previous 2 PS2's failed under warranty. This would make his 3rd.

I've had Sony car stereo, home receiver, clock radio and the obligatory walkman all die on me. The Panasonic and Yamaha equipment that I bought in the same year all still work.


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