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Toshiba recalls faulty Sony batteries

Posted: 14 Aug 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:battery recall  overheating Sony batteries  notebook battery 

Due to the continued reports of overheating batteries, Toshiba Corp. has issues another round of Sony notebook batteries that could burst into flames.

The latest recall, announced August 9 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), affects about 1,400 notebooks, including the Satellite A100 and A105, and the Tecra A7 models, which sell for Rs.27,504.84 ($680).

The recall stemmed from three reports outside of the United States of notebook batteries overheating. No injuries were reported, but the CPSC is advising notebook owners to run the systems on AC power and send the batteries back to Toshiba for replacements at no charge.

Toshiba in July recalled 10,000 batteries in Satellite and Tecra notebooks. The company reported in June that a Sony battery was responsible for at least two notebooks bursting into flames. The CPSC has listed 16 reports of Sony Li-ion notebook batteries overheating.

Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Gateway, and Acer America also have issued recalls of the faulty rechargeable batteries. The global effort started last year when power sources used in notebooks from several manufacturers began showing defects and overheating. Sony last year recalled 96 lakh batteries, making it the largest recall ever in the computer industry.

While the recalls haven't hurt notebook sales, experts have said that even more battery problems could push some buyers to switch brands. A survey of corporate buyers and consumers found 15 percent would change their buying plans because of the recalls, according to IDC. While far from a majority, the number was high enough to cause a sway in market share, especially in the corporate segment where buyers purchase large numbers of laptops.

Model numbers for the batteries in the latest recall are PSAA0U, PSAA2U, PSAA8U, PSAA9U, PTA70U, and PTA71U.

- Antone Gonsalves

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