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Sony to initiate global replacement programme

Posted: 04 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sony  Li-ion battery  Dell  Apple  notebooks 

Sony Corp. will initiate a global replacement programme for certain battery packs that utilise Sony-manufactured Li-ion cells used by notebook computer manufacturers to address concerns related to recent over-heating incidents. The company believes that this programme is in the best interest of both its customers and all consumers.

Sony said it is discussing the plan with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and will coordinate with other government authorities as required. Details of the programme will be announced in the near future.

Sony explained that on rare occasions, microscopic metal particles in the recalled battery cells may come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a possibility of short circuit within the cell. Typically, a battery pack will simply power off when a cell short circuit occurs. However, under certain rare conditions an internal short circuit may lead to cell overheating and potentially flames. The potential for this to occur can be affected by variations in the system configurations found in different notebook computers.

The company added that it will consult with its OEM customers that utilise said battery cells and work with those that choose to participate regarding quantity and the scheduling of replacement battery packs. Aside from Dell, Apple Computer and Toshiba, two other PC makers—IBM and Lenovo, have announced that they are recalling over half a million battery packs.

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