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Even though it is currently under investigation by the CPSC, Sony says there will be no more recalls

Even though we've seen two major recalls from Apple and Dell concerning Sony-manufactured notebook batteries, Sony proclaims that there will be no more battery recalls in the future. Rick Clancy, a spokesman for Sony Electronics, says that the VAIO line of notebooks have only been involved in two reported incidents of overheating -- he was also quick to point out that one of those incidents involved a counterfeit battery.

“As far as Vaio PCs are concerned we don’t anticipate any need for a recall at this time, and that’s true from our understanding of other manufacturers we supply this technology to as well...there’s no indication that there’s an excessive number of situations that have occurred that would warrant this type of action,” said Clancy.

The previous two recalls of Sony-manufactured batteries involved nearly 6 million units – 4.1 million from Dell and 1.8 million from Apple. Sony has stated that the recall will cost the company between $171 to $258 million USD. And even though Sony doesn’t anticipate any further recalls of its batteries, the company is currently under investigation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.



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all these product recalls
By johnsonx on 8/28/2006 5:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno... It seems like every time I hear about one of these recalls, there are only a tiny handful of actual reports of anything actually going wrong. In these most recent two cases, Sony has recalled 6 million batteries, yet all I've ever seen reported are maybe a half-dozen or so real problems. That sort of sounds like 1 in a million batteries have a problem. Not bad for any product, I'd say.

I do have a Dell laptop with a recalled battery in it. I've had the laptop well over a year, and the battery has always been fine... whenever the laptop has been a little warm (rarely), it certainly wasn't the battery.

I did just order a replacement battery though... I figure if they want to give me a brand new battery for free, I'll gladly let them do it.




RE: all these product recalls
By CKDragon on 8/28/2006 6:05:50 PM , Rating: 5
A half dozen in a million simply defective? Sure, that's pretty darn good.

A half dozen in a million exploding/flaming/setting your effin face on fire?

The difference is slight, but I think most people will understand. :P :)


RE: all these product recalls
By Johnmcl7 on 8/28/2006 6:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
If the battery simply died unexpectedly or similar, I'd probably agree with you but the problem is that when the batteries do go wrong they prevent a fire risk. Also, although the so far there's very few batteries gone wrong I've had a couple of recalled batteries which were running worryingly hot - one user had returned her battery before the recall because it was running extremely hot, something the replacement battery did not.

John


RE: all these product recalls
By sxr7171 on 8/29/2006 6:15:25 AM , Rating: 2
It doesn't happen to other manufacturers, there is obviously some excessive cost cutting going on at Sony.

Let's see you say that again while it happens on a flight that you are on.


RE: all these product recalls
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 8/29/2006 9:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
Sony doesn't make the VAIO line of batteries. So of course there will be no recall, Toshiba makes all their batteries. GG Folks.


RE: all these product recalls
By giannile on 8/31/2006 5:36:12 AM , Rating: 2
Do you know where those batteries have been manufactured?
Outsourced?
Giannile


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