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Sony on the verge of recalling 300,000 of its notebook batteries according to Japanese publication

While manufacturers like Dell, Lenovo, Apple, Toshiba, Matsushita/Panasonic,  Fujitsu and Sharp have recalled millions of Sony-manufactured batteries, Sony's own notebooks computers were seemingly unaffected by the problems. Well, that all changed yesterday when the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Sony will recall as many as 300,000 of its own batteries used in notebooks PCs.

Sony has not mentioned which notebook product lines would be affected by the recall, but the news sends the current tally of recalled units over the 8 million mark. With Sony on the verge of having a recall of its own on its hands, Hewlett-Packard may be reconsidering its position on recalling batteries. The company has previously stated that none of its products would be affected by the recall.

Sony’s battery problems are affecting the whole industry as reported by DailyTech yesterday Analysts say that the recall has caused a global shortage of batteries sending prices skyward by 15%. The cost of the recall is sure to climb as well. Sony as of now has $251 million USD budgeted for the recall, but those estimates may have to be revised to take into account a few million new recalled units.

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What about HP??
By othercents on 10/17/2006 10:57:25 AM , Rating: 2
Now that Sony is going to recall their own batteries is HP going to stand behind the notion that their design is impervious to overheating and blowing up? HP blamed Dell at the beginning and I'm surprised that they haven't come out with any other Dell blaming statements.

I just can't wait to see an HP laptop blow up because HP decided not to take the steps to keep their customers safe.


RE: What about HP??
By mindless1 on 10/18/2006 1:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
Does placing blame also mean claiming "impervious to overheating"? I don't think so. It could well be that Dell's design stresses the batteries more, and would accelerate the demise of the defective cells.

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