Posted by: Cliff Edwards on October 30, 2008
Remember the brouhaha a couple of years ago when Sony took the heat for failing to tell consumers immediately about a problem with its notebook pc batteries?
The electronics giants today seems a bit more proactive, announcing it is working with Dell, HP and Toshiba to voluntarily (without government intervention) recall another 65,000 batteries sold in notebook computers between December 2004 and June 2006. The Consumer Products Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09035.html says about 35,000 of the batteries were sold as part of notebooks in the U.S.
Sony said in a statement there have been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames or fire. Two consumers experienced minor burns, while 10 of the overheated batteries caused property damage.
To refresh your memory, Sony ended up taking a charge of about half a billion dollars in 2006 for a massive recall of more than 10 million lithium-ion batteries. As with the previous recall, Sony reported the problem stemmed from a manufacturing problem that caused defects.
The good news, presumably, is that the recall affects only a fraction of the huge installed base—and growing—of notebooks on the world market. I hedge that statement only because the initial recall of batteries back in July 2006 was said to be relatively minor.
As with most recalls, you can check the website of the pc manufacturer for additional details and information about where to send the battery for replacement.
The recalled batteries were included with, and sold separately for use in the United States with the following notebook computer models:
Hewlett-Packard (about 32,000 batteries sold from December 2004 through June 2006 labeled A0, L0, L1 or GC):
Pavilion: dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000
Presario: v2000, v2400
Compaq: nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230, nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120, nx9600
Toshiba (about 3,000 sold from April 2005 to October 2005):
Satellite: A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, M50/M55
Tecra: A3, A5, S2
Dell (about 150 laptops with OUO91 battery label shipped between November 2004 and November 2005):
Inspiron: 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, 5160