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Sony recalls 100,000 batteries

Sony recalls 100,000 batteries

The notebook batteries have been recalled due to reports of overheating that has lead to ignition and property damage.

Just when you thought that Sony might have learned from past mistakes and stopped manufacturing batteries that explode, another product recall comes our way.

According to an article published this weekend over on BetaNews the company has issued a recall for around 100,000 batteries worldwide that have problems with heat generation – possibly to the point of flash-incineration.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's report into the recall describes “19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire” with thankfully only two individuals being injured as a result. Accordingly, the Commission is making Sony recall all affected batteries.

A small number of Dell laptops – the Latitude 110L and Inspiron models 1100, 1150, 5100, and 5160 – are affected by the recall, as are a larger number of Toshiba units – Satellite models A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, M50/M55, and Tecra models A3, A5, and S2. The bulk of the recall, however, is of Hewlett Packard laptops sold from December 2004 to June 2006, with a wide range of models affected. If you're in possession of a Pavilion DV1000, DV8000, ZD8000, Presario V2000 or V2400, or HP Compaq N6100, NC6120, NC6140, NC6220, NC6230, NX4800, NX4820, NX6110, NX6120, or NX8600 I'd recommend checking the details of you battery against those held in the recall documentation.

This is far from the first time that batteries manufactured by Sony have been fingered as the ignition point for a fire, and this latest gaffe looks to cost Sony big at a time when all companies are looking to tighten their belts against an ongoing slowdown in global spending.

Do you have a device covered under the return, or has it already exploded into a deadly fireball? Should Sony stop making batteries before they end civilisation as we know it? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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DXR_13KE 3rd November 2008, 10:43 Quote
i imagine that Sony incendiary grenades would be fairly efficient...
kenco_uk 3rd November 2008, 13:14 Quote
To see if your battery is affected, take it out and look at one end. It should have a sticker that reads, 'Sponsored by Al Qaeda'.
Perforated 3rd November 2008, 13:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
i imagine that Sony incendiary grenades would be fairly efficient...

I'd love to see them design a proprietary pin...
johnnyboy700 3rd November 2008, 14:59 Quote
Good job the PS3 doesn't run on batteries.
kenco_uk 3rd November 2008, 15:36 Quote
The controllers do.
Aterius Gmork 3rd November 2008, 16:59 Quote
Ok, my brother won't be buying a Sony laptop I think. :P
johnnyboy700 3rd November 2008, 20:51 Quote
Yeah but its not just Sony laptops that use their batteries, as the article says Toshiba, Dell & HP's to name but a few.

I'll have to check my Tosh just to make sure.
HourBeforeDawn 3rd November 2008, 21:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork
Ok, my brother won't be buying a Sony laptop I think. :P

well then hes not buying a laptop period lol as many companies use Sony Batteries in their laptops. ;)
ssj12 3rd November 2008, 22:55 Quote
these batteries were produced in 2004. Apparently Sony changed how they manufactured them.
dylAndroid 4th November 2008, 10:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
these batteries were produced in 2004. Apparently Sony changed how they manufactured them.

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