Sony asks a dozen laptop makers to join recall

“Sony urged a dozen laptop computer makers around the world to recall more of its defective batteries Friday, the latest headache for the electronics company struggling to regain its luster as the world’s premier electronics brand,” Yuri Kageyama reports for The Associated Press. “With two recalls Friday, the number of lithium-ion batteries that are being replaced now stands at about 7 million worldwide, Sony spokesman Takashi Uehara said. He refused to estimate how much it would cost the company.”

“Two major Japanese electronics makers, Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd., were the latest to tell customers to return laptop batteries that could overheat and catch fire. A day earlier, IBM Corp. and Lenovo Group issued a recall. Last month, it was Apple Computer Inc. and Dell Inc.,” Kageyama reports. “Dell, the world’s largest personal computer maker, also said Friday it is increasing the size of its recall by 100,000, to 4.2 million, after it received more information from Sony.”

“Sony has said the batteries could catch fire in rare cases when microscopic metal particles come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit. Typically a battery pack will shut down when there is a short circuit, but on occasion, it could catch fire,” Kageyama reports. “It’s a major embarrassment for the Japanese electronics and entertainment powerhouse, which is in the midst of a major overhaul involving closures of plants and divisions and job losses.”

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  1. Sounds like Sony has finally figured out that it is better to bite the bullet and take back all the potentially bad batteries now, rather to continue with this “story a week” about another computer company issuing a recall. Better late than never, but the damage to their reputation is severe.

    Which has done more damage to the company’s reputation: Sony’s Batteries or HP’s Boardroom Investigation? The problem of Sony is that this follows the horrendous DRM spyware install on their music disc scandal. Like many conglomerates, Sony is merely a name shared by many separately run companies.

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