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Fujitsu joins the Sony battery recall list

Just after our last Sony battery recall article went live a just a short while ago, another recall came through the news wires. It looks as though Fujitsu is stepping up the plate and is recalling 287,000 Sony-manufactured batteries.

Fujitsu is still working on the details for the recall so that customers are made aware of who to contact and where to send their defective batteries to. BusinessWeek reports:

Affected are 224,000 laptops sold overseas across 10 models, including the popular Lifebook series, according to Fujitsu spokesman Masao Sakamoto. The remaining 63,000 were sold across 17 models in Japan.

The "Total Recall" has now topped the 7.5 million mark and will only grow after Sony launches its Global Replacement Program. Sony estimates that its total cost for the recalls will be between $170 to $254 million USD (not counting this latest recall from Fujitsu).

Updated 10/4/2006: Fujitsu has posted on its website the models affected by the recall.

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is sony the only one...
By Loser on 10/4/2006 11:39:17 AM , Rating: 2
...producing batteries these days? seems like every pc company is recalling their batteries and they ALL USE SONY? and i was thinking how is sony able to pay for ps3

RE: is sony the only one...
By Wwhat on 10/4/2006 4:55:40 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed, it's remarkable what we don't notice.

RE: is sony the only one...
By Xavian on 10/4/2006 5:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
Acer is about the only Laptop Manufacturer so far that doesn't use Sony Batteries (they used Sanyo).

By Wwhat on 10/4/06, Rating: 0
RE: idea
By Schadenfroh on 10/4/06, Rating: -1
RE: idea
By Wwhat on 10/4/2006 4:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
also handy to heat the home.

RE: idea
By Gigahertz19 on 10/4/06, Rating: -1
RE: idea
By JazzMang on 10/4/2006 1:35:55 PM , Rating: 2
...or when grown african men think that they can be cured from AIDS by sleeping with a child.
(so sad, but its true)

RE: idea
By Wwhat on 10/5/2006 7:51:42 AM , Rating: 1
I see I'm voted down to 1, I guess some people don't get it that I'm joking, oh well.

RE: idea
By abhaxus on 10/5/2006 8:00:48 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe it's just a joke in really bad taste.

More details..
By crystal clear on 10/4/2006 10:22:32 AM , Rating: 3
Designated notebook PC models subject to the Sony voluntary battery replacement program:

[Sold in Japan]
FMV-BIBLO LOOX T70M, T70M/T, T70MN, T70R, T70R/T, T70RN, T70S, T70S/V, T70SN
[Sold outside Japan]
LIFEBOOK P1510, P1510D, P7120, P7120D
LIFEBOOK S7020, S7020D, S7025, S7025D
LIFEBOOK C1320, C1320D
1) For further information, please see Sony Corporation’s English-language press release (Sony to Initiate Global Replacement Program for Notebook Computer Battery Packs), which was issued on September 28.

The above as per Fujitsu web site.

RE: More details..
By crystal clear on 10/4/2006 10:27:50 AM , Rating: 2
Sony batteries recalls
By crystal clear on 9/30/06, Rating: 2
By crystal clear on 9/30/2006 7:18:44 AM , Rating: 2

*As per add Fujitsu to the list.
* Business week also has a good article on this subject.
*Refer to guidlines issued by US CSPC 28 2006.

The way things are shaping out from day to day,I think a TOTAL ban on Sony laptop batteries will on the way soon.
Thats the only way to stop explosions/panic/doubts etc people have in their mind-there are no guarrantees,IT can
So a blanket ban is the need of the hour/situation.

I repeat the post I made a few days ago.

By Alphafox78 on 10/4/2006 11:09:05 AM , Rating: 3
I wonder what is going to happen to battery prices after all these recalls. someone is going to have to pay for these, im sure we will all get the short end..

RE: Prices
By mindless1 on 10/5/2006 2:28:16 AM , Rating: 2
Or the other alternative, those who recalled batteries will continue with competitive pricing with the hopes of not losing too many repeat customers.

Competition in the market means the prices cannot rise much if at all.

By Engine of End on 10/4/2006 11:26:30 AM , Rating: 2
Another week, another battery recall.

Here comes the alternative
By crystal clear on 10/5/2006 5:48:22 AM , Rating: 2
CAMARILLO, CA, Sept. 29, 2006 – Zinc Matrix Power, developer of new, rechargeable battery technology based on silver, zinc and water, has won Intel’s “Technology Innovation Accelerated” (TIA) Award in the Mobility category, presented during the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2006 Conference, held September 26 – 28, 2006 in San Francisco. Zinc Matrix Power won the award based upon its demonstration at IDF of a notebook computer using its new silver-zinc rechargeable battery technology. The Intel TIA Awards recognize the most significant technological innovation presented during IDF, categorized in six areas: mobility, digital home, digital office, storage, data center, and technology and research. Judges from the press and industry analysts select the winners.

Zinc Matrix Power’s technology contains no lithium or flammable liquids and is free from the problems of thermal runaway, fire and danger of explosion. The batteries are also free from the regulations that limit the size of lithium-containing batteries on airplanes. In addition to the intrinsic safety offered by the ZMP cells, a notebook PC battery pack using ZMP cells can be expected to provide longer run-time than equivalent Li-ion based battery packs. The combination of longer run-time, safety, and an unrestricted pack capacity (not restricted by Li-ion battery regulations for in-flight use) make Zinc Matrix Power battery cells an attractive proposition for notebook PC OEMs.

Expected release???? A.S.A.P.-AS early as possible.

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