updated 11:45 am EDT, Fri September 29, 2006
Fujitsu and Toshiba Recall
News that Sony will initiate a global recall of certain laptop battery models, regardless of the computer manufacturers using them, is already sending reverberations throughout the industry. Japanese firms Fujitsu and Toshiba have both announced that they will recall particular Sony-made batteries that can potentially short-circuit and overheat, according to Reuters. Though Fujitsu has not yet announced how many of its LifeBook models are affected, Toshiba has said that 830,000 of its systems will qualify for the replacement. The company says that its batteries likely pose no threat of overheating but will be swapped anyways to alleviate users' potential concerns. This latest exchange program increases the total number of recalled Sony batteries to over 7 million after programs initiated by Apple, Dell, and Lenovo. Dell recently increased its recall figure by 100,000 to 4.2 million.