While Dell may have announced new AMD-based desktops
yesterday, the fallout over the 4.1 million notebooks
batteries that were recalled last month still lingers in the air. Chairman
Michael Dell says that it has no part in the blame for the faulty batteries and
says that all of the blame falls on Sony.
A spokesman for Dell was even more blunt in comments made to
UK. "We know exactly why there was a problem. Sony had
contaminated its cells in the manufacturing process. The batteries were
contaminated and were no good no matter what you did with them. We know the
batteries, under rare circumstances, catch fire, (which is why we recalled
them)," said the spokesman.
A representative for Sony countered by saying
that the full blame should not rest on its shoulders. "It is the
configuration. We use the same batteries in our Vaios, and have our own
safeguards against potential overheating. Other manufacturers which use the
same cells haven't come forward with any issues," stated a Sony
Sony has agreed to help cover some of the costs associated
with Dell recall and Apple's recall of an additional 1.8 million notebook
batteries. In the weeks following the recall, the US Consumer Product
Safety Commission started
an investigation into all of Sony's notebook batteries despite Sony’s assertion that no more
recalls are necessary.