Friday, October 31, 2008

Sony Does It Again: More Notebook Batteries Recalled

It's been about two years since millions of Sony notebook batteries across many different OEM lines were recalled, due to overheating --- and fire problems. Hopefully you haven't forgotten about that, because here we are again.

Here's hoping this isn't the beginning of another long list of recalls involving Sony batteries. At any rate, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall on Thursday.

According to the recall,
There have been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire (10 resulting in minor property damage). Two consumers experienced minor burns.
Check out the full list below. It's pretty long, bug only consists of about 35,000 batteries --- for now. Let's hope it stays that way.

Computer ManufacturerUnitsNotebook ModelBattery Model
Hewlett-PackardAbout 32,000HP Pavilion: dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000
Compaq Presario: v2000 and v2400
HP Compaq: nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230,
nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120, nx9600
Recalled batteries will have a bar code
label starting with A0, L0, L1 or GC
ToshibaAbout 3,000Satellite: A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, M50/M55
Tecra: A3, A5, S2
DellAbout 150Latitude: 110L
Inspiron: 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, 5160

Update: this USCPC recall was for 35,000 batteries. However, according to Sony, an additional 2,000 faulty batteries were shipped in the Japanese market, and another 63,000 went to consumers in other regions, including Europe and Asia. Recall notices for those other regions are expected shortly.


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