Toshiba is latest to be affected by Sony-produced notebook
batteries. The company announced on Monday that it would recall 340,000
batteries found in its Dynabook and Satellite series notebooks -- 100,000 of
which were sold in the United States.
It should be noted that this recall doesn't involve
batteries catching fire as in previous recalls. Instead, this recall is related
to the battery packs unexpectedly losing power under normal operating
conditions. Toshiba says that the affected batteries were produced between March
and May of 2006 and free replacements will be offered. Yahoo!
The series of
production problems at Sony comes at a crucial time when the Tokyo-based
electronics and entertainment company behind the Walkman portable player and
PlayStation video game machines has been trying to bolster its brand image
under the leadership of its first foreign executive, Welsh-born Howard
This latest recall from Toshiba brings the total Sony
battery count to more than 6 million following the 1.8 million recalled
by Apple and the 4.1
million recalled by Dell.