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Laptop Manufacturers Recall 100,000 Sony Batteries Over Fire Risks

Sony has announced that it is recalling more than 100,000 batteries one of its subsidiaries, Sony Energy Devices Corp, manufactured for some of the biggest laptop manufacturers in the market on fears that they may be a fire hazard.

74,000 HP laptops, more than 14000 Toshiba laptops and a few thousands Acer, Dell and Lenovo devices are understood to be affected by the recall which concerns laptops sold between in 2004 and 2005, with nearly two thirds sold outside the US.

The decision to recall the batteries came after more than 40 cases of overheating were recorded, which Sony blamed on poor raw material and changing factory settings.

Early last month, Sony recalled 73,000 TZ-Series VAIO Laptops after one customer had been burnt by overheating laptops and in 2006, Sony had to recall nearly 10 million batteries which cost the company a whopping £360 million.

Sony said that it will not affect its earnings significantly and has advised the laptop users to stop using them immediately and request a free replacement battery in the meantime.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.