While manufacturers like Dell, Lenovo, Apple, Toshiba,
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.