Laptop battery recall continues with Toshiba

19-09-2006

Japanese computer manufacturer Toshiba has announced that it is recalling about 340,000 batteries used in two of its laptop models, making it the third company to recall faulty batteries made by Sony in recent weeks.

Only last month, the world's largest personal computer manufacturer Dell, revealed that it was recalling four million laptop batteries made by Sony due to a potential risk of over-heating.

Apple subsequently announced that it was taking similar action and would be replacing 1.8 million Sony-made batteries in its laptops.

Toshiba says that the recall announced today affects its Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite laptops made between March and May of this year and that faults with their batteries could cause the models to lose all their power.

Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Ohmori stressed that unlike the recalls involving batteries used by rivals Dell and Apple, there was no chance that faulty batteries in its own laptops would cause fires.

He added that the Sony-made batteries used by Toshiba would destruct "only in rare cases".

Toshiba, which has declined to estimate the cost of replacing the faulty batteries or to reveal whether it will be asking Sony to foot the bill, insists that its earnings will not be affected by the recall.

Japanese-based electronics giant Sony has predicted that the recall of its faulty batteries used in Dell and Apple laptops will cost it between 20 billion and 30 billion yen (£90 to £136 million).

Announcing its recall, Dell said it was aware of six instances since last December when Sony batteries in its laptops had overheated or caught fire.

Hewlett Packard and Fujitsu, which also use Sony batteries in their laptops, have said that quality control checks have not revealed any problems with the use of the batteries in their own models.


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