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Sony battery recall total climbs to 7.7 million

The Sony battery recalls continue as Sharp is joining the fray by recalling 28,000 batteries while Fujitsu has recalled an additional 51,000 batteries. Fujitsu had already announced last week that it would recall 287,000 units.

These latest recalls bring the total tally to 7.7 million units. Sony recently instituted the Global Replacement Program for its batteries. The program is designed to help manufacturers with logistics in receiving faulty batteries from customers and delivering new replacements.

Replacements for lithium-ion battery technology are in development, but it may be quite some time before see it replaced in the notebook market. Fuel cell technology is showing some promise and Toshiba has been showing off fuel cell prototypes in its notebooks. Toshiba has been able to see runtimes of about 10 hours with its current fuel cell stacks, but there are still issues with size, pricing and logistics in delivering fuel cells to customers.

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rootkit karma
By Lazarus Dark on 10/15/2006 5:37:00 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, I don't believe in karma per se, but I do believe what goes around comes around. And Im feeling more and more like sony is getting what it deserves with this battery debacle after the callous way they treated their costomers in the rootkit scandal and the idiotic statements they've been making lately (ps3 will kill the pc!...right)

Still kinda sad though, just six or seven years ago sony was all i would buy.

RE: rootkit karma
By Exodus220 on 10/15/2006 5:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
The only Sony product I care for is their Playstation line, but it will be a year or two before I invest in a PS3. I do not care for Sony home/car audio components as they look and feel cheap. I like their TV's but I can find a better product for cheaper from another company. Sony won me over with the Playstation, but I am really curious to see if they will keep me with this next generation (it was 3-4 years before I broke down and bought a PS2 - my brother had one).

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