It looks as though we haven't seen the last of the notebooks
battery recalls -- not by a long shot. So far in the past two months, we've
seen recalls from Dell,
IBM/Lenovo and Matsushita/Panasonic.
It now looks as though Sony has set up the Global Replacement Program for its defective batteries used in notebook computers.
The company outlined its plan for a Global Replacement
Program for its notebook batteries and again restated the cause of the battery
pack failures. From Sony's press
Sony Corporation will
initiate a global replacement program for certain battery packs that utilize
Sony-manufactured lithium ion cells used by notebook computer manufacturers in
order to address concern related to recent over-heating incidents. Sony always
strives to deliver the highest level of satisfaction to its customers and all
consumers. We believe that this program is in the best interest of both our
customers and all consumers. Sony is discussing this plan with the US Consumer
Product Safety Commission and will coordinate with other government authorities
as required. We will announce details of the program in the near future.
Companies like Dell and Apple are taking a hit from
customers over the recall even though they didn't actually manufacture the
batteries. Sony, which is already fighting off bad press over its PlayStation 3
and Blu-ray now has yet another fiasco on its hands and is ultimate damage
control mode. As for customers, they're left to use faulty batteries as they
wait to receive replacement batteries from their notebook manufacturers -- and some
airlines are throwing their weight around by banning certain notebooks
with Sony-produced batteries. It's a tough situation for all parties
involved, but hopefully within the next few this whole matter will be behind
quote: I notice that Sony hasn't recalled any of its own Vaio batteries, and find it hard to believe that they used this battery for every other manufacturer besides their own. It may very well be a combination of this battery and something that other laptop manufacturers are doing that causes the battery to be unstable.