Toshiba to recall Sony-made laptop computer batteries

Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa
Published: Friday September 29, 2006

Tokyo- Toshiba Corp announced Friday a recall of about 830,000 lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony Corp. The Japanese electronics company is expected to recall the batteries for laptop computers in and outside of Japan.

Sony has announced its plan to recall the batteries worldwide as a response to recent incidents in which the batteries have become over-heated. The recall dates are yet to be announced.

Toshiba said earlier this month that the Sony-made batteries may cause data loss if users suddenly turn off the computers without saving the data.

Lenovo Group Ltd and International Business Machines Corp (IBM) earlier Friday announced their plan to recall 526,000 Sony-made lithium-ion batteries for ThinkPad laptop computers.

IBM and Lenovo sold those Sony batteries in ThinkPad R, T and X Series between February 2005 and September 2006.

While Dell Inc began a recall of 4.1 million units worldwide last month, Apple Computer Inc also announced free-repair services for 1.8 million laptop computers.

So far, nine cases of battery-overheating have been reported, two incidents were reported where people were injured with minor burns, and seven cases of minor property damage caused by batteries in Apple laptops have also been filed.

The recall of the batteries by Dell and Apple alone is expected to cost Sony 20-30 billion yen (170-250 million dollars).

Hewlett-Packard Co also uses Sony-made batteries.

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