Fujitsu recalls 287,000 Sony-botched laptop batteries

“Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu Ltd. said Wednesday it is recalling 287,000 laptop batteries manufactured by Sony Corp., the latest in a massive global recall of the batteries that can overheat and catch fire,” CBC News reports.

“Affected are 224,000 laptops sold overseas across 10 models, including the popular Lifebook series, according to Fujitsu spokesman Masao Sakamoto. The remaining 63,000 were sold across 17 models in Japan,” CBC News reports.

“Almost every major laptop maker has told customers to return Sony-made lithium-ion batteries, which can overheat and catch fire,” CBC News reports. “The largest recalls have been issued by Dell Inc., with 4.2 million batteries affected, and Apple Computer Inc., with 1.8 million batteries. Sony expects costs of at least $170 million US related to the Dell and Apple recalls.”

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“Analysts estimate Sony is facing recall-related expenses of about $500 million. That’s almost half the company’s projected net profit for the 12 months ending March 31, 2007,” United Press International reports.

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10 Comments

  1. I just notic ed something that may relate to Apple’s laptop marketshare. The number of Mac laptops affected is 43% of the number of Dell laptops affected. Could this be the ratio of Apple laptops to Dell laptops? If so, Apple isn’t all that far behind Dell in the sales of laptops.

  2. *** JOKE ONLY ***

    DHS has increased the Threat Advisory to High (Orange) on increasing reports of defective Sony batteries. These batteries could be used as portable IEDs and could pose a significant ad increasing danger to individuals and businesses.

  3. There’s gotta be a lot of nervous folks at Sony HQ. Everything is riding on the PS3. If there are any serious problems with the launch, or if sales are lackluster, we could be looking at a collapse of Sony’s stock.

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