Sony apologizes for botched batteries, says won’t quit battery business despite massive recalls

“Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. said on Tuesday it has no plan to withdraw from the battery business despite a recent wave of recalls by PC makers of Sony-made notebook computer batteries,” Kiyoshi Takenaka reports for Reuters.

“‘The battery operation is a very important business for us. We have no intention of quitting it or scaling it down,’ Sony Executive Deputy President Yutaka Nakagawa told a news conference,” Takenaka reports.

Takenaka reports, “Up to 9.6 million batteries, manufactured between August 2003 and February 2006, will be involved. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for causing worries over safety of lithium-ion batteries,’ Nakagawa said.”

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“Sony Corp. said Tuesday its recall of batteries supplied to personal computer manufacturers may lead to a future decline in orders for its battery business,” MarketWatch reports.

“PC makers are asking one or more companies other than Sony to supply replacement batteries as Sony doesn’t have the supply capacity for all of the 9.6 million battery packs subject to recall, Sony’s corporate executive for semiconductor and components Yutaka Nakagawa said,” MarketWatch reports.

MarketWatch reports., “Help from rivals in the battery business, though necessary to complete the replacement program, raises risks of losing future battery orders for the Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment giant. ‘There is a possibility that some of the orders from PC makers may not come back to us,’ Nakagawa said in a news conference on the recall details following its discussion with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

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  1. He was being paid to deliver a product to millions of consumers.
    I feel sorry for the consumers for believing in the product they purchased.
    He should lose his job.
    It may not all be his fault, but it is his responsibility.

    They are spending a dollar to save a penny they should have spent in 2003.

  2. Let’s see–the battery disaster, the rootkit CDs fiasco, the loss of the MGM film archives, the crappy tvs Sony has been turning out recently…

    What a horrible state this once-proud company has fallen into. I would feel sadder if it wasn’t for the arrogance which preceded it.

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