Computerworld is reporting that HP, Dell & Toshiba are recalling approximately 100,000 Sony made laptop batteries.
October 31, 2008 (IDG News Service) Three of the biggest laptop computer makers are recalling certain batteries because of a risk they may overheat and catch fire. Sony Corp. made the batteries. The recall mirrors, yet appears a lot smaller, than a similar one that occurred two years ago.
This time, around 100,000 batteries are affected, a fraction of the 9.6 million recalled in 2006. Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Toshiba Corp. have already issued recalls for the batteries that were used in their products, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said “consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.”
The batteries in question were manufactured between October 2004 and June 2005, and there have been about 40 incidents reportedly worldwide of overheating to date, Sony said today.
Most of the incidents are believed to be the result of manufacturing-line adjustments made during the period that may have affected some batteries, Sony said. In addition, some may have been caused by raw material flaws.
Of the 100,000 batteries affected, around 35,000 were used in laptops shipped in the U.S. By far the greatest number, about 32,000, were shipped with HP laptops. Read the rest…
Detail about the effected batteries and the recall programs can be found at:
- HP Notebook PC Battery Pack Replacement Program
- Toshiba Sony Battery Pack Recall Programs
- Dell Battery Recall
Update: engadget.com is reporting the recall also includes Li-ion batteries used in some Acer laptops as well as those from HP, Dell and Toshiba.