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Toshiba and Dell add more batteries to the recall list

It seems as though the fears of exploding Sony batteries is spreading to more and more notebook manufacturers and is affecting more product lines. Today, Dell announced that it is recalling another 100,000 notebook batteries in addition to the 4.1 million recalled last month.

To compound matters even further, Toshiba made an announcement today that it is recalling another 830,000 batteries at Sony's request. And if you recall, Lenovo made an announcement yesterday that it was recalling 526,000 batteries used in its ThinkPad T43, T43p, T60, R51e, R52, R60, R60e, X60 and X60s models.

Here's the current tally on the "Total Recall" of Sony-manufactured batteries:

Dell: 4.2 million
Apple: 1.8 million
Toshiba: 1.1 million (340,000 batteries were already recalled earlier this month)
IBM/Lenovo: 526,000
Matsusita/Panasonic: 6,000

We're sure this isn't going to be the last that we hear of Sony battery recalls. The next recall is just another explosion away.

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By Samus on 9/29/2006 6:41:49 PM , Rating: 2
this must be the largest manufacturing screwup ever.

RE: wow
By GonzoDaGr8 on 9/29/2006 8:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, This makes IBM's 75GXP hard drives look good..

RE: wow
By Souka on 9/29/2006 10:18:50 PM , Rating: 2
not really... I lost drives in those series... data much harder to replace....

and I've had dozens of Dell, and now Lenovo, batteries affected....abiet no fires/explosions to report.

RE: wow
By Souka on 9/29/2006 10:19:33 PM , Rating: 2
HD's were personal, batteries are at my job...

RE: wow
By kitchme on 9/30/2006 1:31:26 AM , Rating: 2
True, but with pictures of exploded batteries I've seen, I wonder if hard drive (incl. data) would survive such meltdown. Either way, it's no fun losing data.

RE: wow
By StevoLincolnite on 9/30/2006 3:40:59 AM , Rating: 3
I have an Acer laptop, with a Sanyo Battery. Is Sanyo a branch off from sony?

RE: wow
By mindless1 on 10/1/2006 4:54:10 PM , Rating: 2
No, Sanyo (Panasonic) is the OTHER major manufacturer that everyone is wishing they'd used rightaboutnow.

RE: wow
By Christopher1 on 10/2/2006 2:07:25 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree with that estimation. I thought it was bad when I saw a lot of hard drives recalled for defects, but that is nowhere NEAR the scale of this recall.

Sony has been out to lunch on a bunch of things recently: DRM rootkits, batteries, computers, etc.

Most of their stuff has been S*** recently, and that is coming from someone who was once a Sony Fanboy.

RE: wow
By theapparition on 10/2/2006 6:32:03 AM , Rating: 2
Ever hear of a company called Firestone? People died.

Although in all fairness, most of the Firestone tire problems had more to do with Ford intentionally underinflating them since the Explorer was more likely to roll over with proper inflation. That's why there was a difference between inflation pressure printed on the tire and in Ford manual.

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