Sony, Apple settle suit over battery fire

“Apple Japan Inc. and Sony Corp. have agreed to jointly pay about ¥1.3 million (US$12,875) to settle a damages suit filed by a Japanese couple who argued that the husband had suffered burns after their Apple personal computer caught fire due to its Sony-made battery, judicial sources said, according to Kyodo News Agency,” Dow Jones reports.

“The fire burnt part of the floor and carpet, and the husband suffered burns to his fingers as he tried to take the computer out of the house. The wife’s health was affected due to the shock of the incident, they said,” Dow Jones reports.

“During the trial, Apple Japan accepted liability but insisted it could not settle the dispute out of court because the couple had demanded excessive compensation. Sony argued a link between the fire and the battery has not been determined,” Dow Jones reports.

“Sony has recalled 9.6 million lithium ion batteries with the help of personal computer makers since a number of fires linked with Sony-made batteries were reported in 2006,” Dow Jones reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sony should pay the lion’s share, if not all, of that ¥1.3 million (US$12,875), not Apple. And then Sony and Apple ought to sue the guy for morbid stupidity. Seriously, McDonald’s coffee drinkers, grabbing a burning object with your bare hands will cause, uh, burns. Do you need that printed on every object in the world that’s capable of catching fire? Exactly how hard would it have been to throw wet towel on the thing or, God forbid, spray it with a fire extinguisher first?


  1. Even the 2 million yen they were asking for is not really out of line or excessive. Fixing the floor damage, replacing the carpet, buying a new Mac Book Pro, and the inconvenience of it all is worth more then the 2 Million Yen. The fingers burns are the result of the biggest boneheaded move a person could make.
    Object on fire = object might be hot and burn… best options (fire extinguisher, a box of salt, a box of baking soda, damp towel …)
    Object on fire = must get it outside at any cost! so, house does not burn down.

    2,000,000.00 JPY = 19,787.6314 USD

  2. Apple should pay for the damages, then go after Sony; Sony is Apple’s vendor. Regardless, this couple should be compensated for their losses, but if he really did grab the computer to get it out of the house, the injuries were self-inflicted. I mean come on.

  3. A WET TOWEL on a LITHIUM FIRE? Are you people out of your minds?

    Seriously, if you don’t know the first thing about lithium-ion battery safety, you ought not be criticizing someone else.

  4. You all do pretty well most often and I enjoy the page most of the time. But you have no creditability when commenting on how people should or do behave when faced with a fire. Of course they should be “logical”. But I can tell you most are not. It may even be “impossible” for most mortals to be “logical” in such a situation. So those (the majority) who are not, probably should not be punished or bad mouthed. Best to stick with Apple/Microsoft issues, at least IMO.

  5. @ Demon

    “Even the 2 million yen they were asking for is not really out of line or excessive”

    Just because the figure is “not really out of line” in lawsuit-happy USA doesn’t mean it’s the same in the rest of the world. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    And yes, he really is an ass for grabbing the thing with his bare hands. Or perhaps he was just be heroic.

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