Another 1,400 Sony batteries sent for slaughter
Flaming pyres, panic in the shires..
Batteries continue to be a hot topic for Sony, but not in a good way. Toshiba American Information Systems has announced the recall of some 1,400 Sony batteries used in its Satellite and Tecra notebook range.
The warning states that the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries can, as usual, overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers. Toshiba has already received notice of three incidents outside of the US, each caused by the notebook batteries overheating.
The batteries, which were made in China, were either sold separately or with Toshiba’s Satellite A100, A105 or Tecra A7 notebooks, which retail for between $700 and $1,300. Toshiba, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, has released the model numbers for the batteries it hopes to recover, which were all manufactured between 1 January 2006 and 30 April 2006.
The recall is yet further damaging news for Sony, which has already been implicated in the recall of thousands of laptop batteries because of worries over them bursting into flames. In April, Acer’s US operation asked 27,000 customers to return Sony-made laptop batteries.
Earlier this month, Sony was even forced to recall 350,000 digital cameras. Not because their batteries might burst into flames, but over fears that the metal casing on its Cyber-shot DSC-T5 camera had the potential to cut or scratch users.
Li-Ion is fundamentally unstable anyway.
It's a minor detail that people generally don't talk about - if you overcharge a Li-Ion (or Li-Po) cell, it is very likely to "Vent with flame".
Short-circuits can have the same effect as well!
Inside every commercially-available Li-Ion battery pack there is a charge-monitor IC and thermal fuse system that tries to prevent this - that "Fuel Gauge" on your laptop isn't only there for your convenience - it's there to protect your loins as well!
Has anyone been keeping count?
What's the sum total of all the batteries that have been recalled? Anyone kept count?
Time to redesign the damn battery or the manufacturing
process this is just too much stupid to be a temporary
flaw in fabrication like not enough of something in bin
1 or too much allowed on batch 13 it's a real problem
what do they get out of these recalls that they want to