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Hitachi is the latest to recall Sony batteries

Hitachi has decided to join Sony's Global Replacement Program despite the fact that there have been no reports of battery fires with its notebooks. The company announced today that it plans to recall 16,000 batteries used in Japanese market Flora 210W and Flora SE210 notebooks.

Hitachi recalled the batteries as a precaution so that its customers could have the peace of mind that its laptops weren't in any risk of danger. By recalling the batteries early, Hitachi can get financial and logistical help from Sony on replacing the batteries and the company can hopefully stave off any potential fires by getting replacements in a timely fashion.

So far we've seen a total of over 7.5 million Sony batteries recalled with Dell leading the pack at 4.2 million units. That being said, we can't help but wonder if Hewlett Packard will eventually cave in and place its batteries on the recall list. A recall from HP could easily push the total to over 10 million units.



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i dont get it
By Loser on 10/6/2006 11:22:02 AM , Rating: 2
why was EVERYONE buying from sony? no1 else makes batteries for notebooks?




RE: i dont get it
By kamel5547 on 10/6/2006 11:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
When you consider the number of notebooks sold every year the recall actually only effects a fraction of those sold in the recall period. Sure other people make other batteries, and manufacturers buy those batteries as well. You notice that only certain models and dates are covered by these recalls, meaning other batteries probably came from different sources. The problem is that everyone uses the same suppliers for all of their parts, if a supplier has a problem in the PC industry odds are every vendor will have the same problem even though they use several different suppliers for each item. This is no indicator that sony is the only battery company, that would be analagous to saying Firestone was the only tire vendor simply because of the scale of their recall.


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