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Panasonic supplied faulty Vaio Fit batteries, claims Sony

Posted: 14 Apr 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:batteries  laptops  recall 

Sony Corp. has notified customers using its Vaio Fit 11A of the risk of the laptops catching fire due to overheating batteries supplied by Panasonic. There is said to be almost 26,000 units of this model sold globally since it first went on sale in February 2014. Panasonic claims no other client has complained, suggesting that the problem could be related to battery management on-board the Vaio Fit 11A.

Sony has received three reports of batteries overheating causing partial burns to Vaio computers. The first incident was in Japan on March 19, followed by similar incidents on March 30 in Hong Kong and April 8 in China. Sony stopped selling the computer at the beginning of April 2014. Panasonic has confirmed the company provided the batteries to Sony under an outsourcing contract. The batteries were customised according to clients' requirements.

The Vaio Fit 11A laptop is the final version of the Vaio series because Sony revealed plans in February 2014 to sell the company's personal computer business.

Sony is identifying the affected computers by serial number and developing a programme to repair or replace them. The company advised it would provide details on its home page within two weeks.

Sony recalled about 535,000 Vaio laptops in 2010 due to a temperature-control defect that may cause excessive heat and distort the shape of the laptop.

- Paul Buckley
  EE Times Europe

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