A dozen notebook vendors to recall batteries

— 10:45 AM on October 3, 2006

Following mass battery recalls by both Lenovo and Toshiba last week, Sony has kicked off its global replacement program. A new report by PC Pro says Sony has gotten in touch with no less than a dozen notebook manufacturers and advised all of them to recall batteries in their notebooks. Sony didn't disclose the number of recalls likely to stem from this new initiative. Considering Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Toshiba have all recalled batteries, the 12 new affected vendors are likely smaller companies that may not see as many recalls as Dell's recently adjusted 4.2 million. Nevertheless, the new recalls are sure to drive the worldwide total number of recalled batteries beyond the current 7.36 million.

In related news, HP has taken an approach similar to the one Lenovo initially took by claiming its notebooks are not affected by the battery faults plaguing its competitors. HP says it has received no reports of problems from consumers, and that it sees no reason to initiate a recall.

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