Here we go again. New notebook battery recalls have been announced by Sony affecting notebook makers HP, Toshiba, and a very small number of Dell notebooks. The recall for Sony battery packs amounts to 100,000 affected notebooks world-wide. The number of affected notebooks is far less than the battery recall nightmare of 2006 where vendors recalled millions of batteries.
Affected PC manufacturers have collectively reported 40 incidents globally of overheating associated with these recalls -- some of which included smoke and/or flames. Sony was informed that four incidents involved small burns and 21 included minor property damage. Reportedly, 19 of these overheating incidents occurred in the U.S.
It is believed that most of these incidents were related to manufacturing line adjustments made from October 2004 to June 2005, which may have affected some battery cells produced during that period. In addition, there were some incidents that may have involved a raw material flaw.
The Sony 2.15Ah lithium ion cells are a different type of cell from those covered by the much larger recalls and replacement programs that certain PC manufacturers announced in 2006.
Via this Sony announcement.
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