“Toshiba is offering to replace a further 830,000 laptop batteries containing cells made by Sony, it said Friday. The offer covers computers sold worldwide and is separate from a similar announcement made by the company last week,” Martyn Williams reports for Macworld UK. “Toshiba is offering to exchange the batteries to ease customer concerns in the light of several recent high-profile battery recalls, it said.”
“‘There is no safety issue, we will voluntarily exchange the battery pack used in certain notebook PCs,’ said Keisuke Ohmori, a spokesman for Toshiba in Tokyo. The announcement came less than a day after Lenovo said it would replace batteries for 526,000 of its laptops sold in 2005 and 2006,” Williams reports. “Last week, Toshiba offered to exchange 340,000 notebook batteries.”
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Andrew Simons reports for Marketwatch, “‘Sony’s brand is severely damaged,’ said Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, a market-research firm. ‘I think it’s going to be a question whether they can be in the battery business at all. Given the nature of the relationship, in the real world the way that it plays out is that the [computer manufacturers] decrease what they buy from Sony,’ said Kay. ‘They’ll say, ‘We used to take two million from you and three million from Sanyo. Now we’re going to take four million from Sanyo and one million from you. And that’s punishment… After this whole deal, who wants a Sony battery?'”
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MacDailyNews Take: By the way, Sony, great job on those laptops batteries! Instead of sitting around trying to copy Apple MacBooks, maybe you guys should’ve paid some attention to your battery manufacturing business. It’s hard to believe, but as Sony continues to flounder around – lots of Samsung flat screens rolling out of stores here in the U.S and around the world, lots of Apple iPods being sold, lots of batteries being recalled, the ridiculously-priced and very late PS3, etc. – we’re having serious doubts about Sony will be able to execute a turnaround. “Beleaguered Sony?” You’d better believe it.
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