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Dell representatives are not amused

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 ZDNET 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 representative.

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.

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By plewis00 on 9/14/2006 5:36:45 PM , Rating: 2
"It is the configuration. We use the same batteries in our Vaios, and have our own safeguards against potential overheating..."

I heard someone say the reason VAIOs were unaffected was because they used Matsushita/Panasonic or Mitsubishi cells. Then again, I would not be surprised what with Sony's arrogance in some cases for them to know the VAIOs had an issue but not recall them out of some misplaced pride.

By patentman on 9/14/2006 5:49:41 PM , Rating: 3
The important question is, which finger?

By Samus on 9/14/2006 8:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
That is true for me. My R505 Vaio has panasonic cell's in it. Sony may have assembled the battery, but it says "Made in China - Cells from Japan"

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