Hitachi joins recall of Sony-botched laptop batteries

“Hitachi Ltd. said Friday it plans to recall about 16,000 laptop battery packs made by Sony Corp., a company spokesman said, the latest in a massive global recall of the batteries that can overheat and catch fire,” CBC News reports.

“In the past several weeks, recalls for Sony-made lithium-ion battery packs have been issued by a number of major laptop manufacturers, including Dell, Apple, Lenovo, Toshiba and Fujitsu,” CBC News reports. “The number of units involved in the global recall is now more than seven million. The largest recalls have been issued by Dell Inc., with 4.2 million batteries affected, and Apple Computer Inc., with 1.8 million batteries.”

“Hitachi has not received any reports of problems with the batteries, the company said in a statement. It said it is undertaking the recall ‘for its customers’ peace of mind,'” CBC News reports. “Dell’s recall came after six instances of overheating or fire involving Dell systems with Sony-made batteries.”

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