More Sony Batteries Are Recalled

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2006-09-29 Email Print this article Print

A day after Lenovo announces it is recalling 500,000 ThinkPads that use Sony batteries, Dell and Toshiba say they will issue additional recalls, too.

There seems to be no end to Sony's battery woes.

A day after Lenovo Group's Sept. 28 notebook battery pack recall announcement—it will recall more than 500,000 Sony-cell-based battery packs used in its ThinkPad notebooks—Dell and Toshiba each said on Sept. 29 that they will also recall Sony-made batteries.

On Sept. 29, Toshiba announced that it will start a battery exchange program for approximately 830,000 Sony battery packs that were made for its notebooks, a company spokesman told eWEEK.

While Toshiba, based in Irvine, Calif., has not experienced any problems associated with the faulty Sony batteries so far, Eric Paulsen, the company spokesman, said the company decided to start the exchange program after Sony announced it would begin a worldwide global recall program.

Toshiba is not yet offering a list of specific notebook models that may have used the Sony battery packs. Paulsen said the company will keep its users informed through its Web site.

On a statement posted on its Web site, Round-Rock, Texas-based Dell said it will recall an additional 100,000 Sony-based battery packs used in its notebooks. That number brings the total amount of battery packs the company has been forced to recall to 4.2 million.

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