Over 100,000 notebook batteries will be replaced as Sony declares them unsafe. Last time this happened, Sony replaced 9 million batteries causing a major dent in companies profit.
PC makers have reported 40 cases of overheating, including four cases where users suffered minor burns, and 21 cases of minor damage from fires and overheating. US Govt., after a review of situation , issued a notice to Sony to recall 35,000 of it’s batteries and the Tokyo-based company said it would recall a further 65,000 batteries worldwide.
BBC Reports that
Sony said the recall came after 40 instances of overheating, including four cases where users had minor burns. The recall affects around 74,000 HP laptops, 14,400 from Toshiba, and small numbers from Dell, Acer and Lenovo. Sony said the affected batteries were caused by a production line problem between October 2004 and June 2005. Some 35,000 batteries are being recalled the US, and a further 65,000 in other parts of the world.
PC World Reported
The maker said it is recalling batteries that have a barcode label beginning with A0, L0, L1 or GC that were shipped with HP Pavilion dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000 models; with Compaq Presario v2000 and v2400 notebooks and with HP Compaq nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230,nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120 and nx9600 computers.
Toshiba’s U.S. recall covers around 3,000 Satellite A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X and M50/M55 laptops and Tecra A3, A5 and S2 computers.
Dell is recalling battery model OU091 in Latitude 110L and Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150 and 5160 computers.
Consumers who believe they have batteries that have been recalled should stop using the batteries and check with their PC vendor.
An additional 2,000 batteries were shipped in the Japanese market and the remaining 63,000 went to consumers in other regions, including Europe and Asia. Recall notices for machines shipped in these other regions are expected to be issued shortly.