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.