Toshiba recalls more Sony batteries
After mass recalls of Sony batteries prone to bouts of combustion by Dell and Apple last month, Toshiba has joined in with a smaller recall of its own. The laptop vendor is recalling 340,000 Sony batteries—a far cry from Dell's 4.1 million and Apple's 1.8 million recalls—but claims the models in question don't catch fire as their siblings do. Instead, Toshiba says the 340,000 batteries are simply liable to "fail" in rare cases. Only owners of Toshiba's Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite laptops built between March and May this year are affected. Users of those systems can check their batteries on this page.
In related news, a reader over at Gizmodo has witnessed a laptop catching fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, but the machine was made by neither Dell nor Apple: the system in question was an IBM-branded (and perhaps Lenovo-built) ThinkPad. Lenovo has previously admitted to using Sony batteries in its notebooks but stated last month that its machines are not vulnerable to fire risks.