Toshiba Recalls 830,000 Sony Notebook Batteries

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 23:47
Category: battery

Toshiba said Tuesday it would replace about 340,000 laptop computer batteries made by Sony, the latest in a string of Sony battery woes.

The batteries, used in Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite laptops manufactured between March and May this year, could fail on the road because of problems with storing and transmitting power, Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Ohmori said.

Ohmori declined to estimate the cost of the move, saying it would not affect earnings, and would not say whether Toshiba was asking Sony to foot the bill.

Toshiba recalls 340,000 Sony laptop batteries | Tech News on ZDNet

UPDATED 2006-1004:

The actual number of batteries recalled has increased to 830,000 according to ZDNet.

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Panasonic Recalls 6,000 Notebook Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: battery

Matsushita, better-known by its Panasonic brand name, joined the party this week with its own recall of 6,000 notebook batteries sold in Japan. This most recent recall isn’t nearly as large as the ones that involved 4.1 million batteries sold by Dell and 1.8 million batteries sold by Apple, but it’s another example of the care and attention being paid to notebook batteries these days.

Of course, it’s not just notebook batteries that are causing problems. In June, Hewlett-Packard announced a recall of about 679,000 digital cameras that could catch fire if the cameras tried to apply a charge to a nonrechargable battery. Cell phone makers have dealt with problems from batteries for years, including several reported incidents of exploding phones. With scary footage of flaming notebooks on the evening news and the Internet, many notebook users want to know if their system could be at risk. Here’s a list of who has recalled batteries so far, and where to turn for information.

Panasonic joins notebook battery recall | CNET News.com

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The Apple Core: Anatomy of an Apple battery

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

Apple Sony iBook BatteryEver wonder what’s inside your Apple battery pack? It turns out that they’re not that complicated inside, but it’s amazing how much power these little cluster of cells can hold.
I took an iBook G3 (dual USB) battery apart on the advice of Coconut Battery which told me that after 496 load cycles, this battery had seen better days.
As you can see in this screen shot, the battery had 14 mAh Battery Capacity left compared to an Original Battery Capacity of 4000 mAh. In addition to lacking capacity the battery pack wasn’t charging.
Time to take it apart!
Click through for a photo dissection of an Apple battery pack on The Apple Core.

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Exploding Battery Panic!

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Dell and Apple recently announced recalls of 5 million Sony laptop batteries. The recall was prompted by safety issues caused by batteries melting, and in some cases, even catching on fire. While the incidents aren’t widespread, the very real danger posed by laptop batteries unpredictably catching on fire has consumers worried.
Here’s a look at the problem, how batteries work, and steps you can take to maximize your safety.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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The Apple Core: Apple battery fiasco

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2006, 12:59
Category: The Apple Core

Hours after posting yesterday that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determined that substandard batteries for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro “didn’t pose any safety threat” the same organized notified the public that Apple would be recalling 1.8 million Lithium Ion batteries sold for the PowerBook G4 and iBook G4.
This is the third such recall for Apple in 15 months.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Recalls 1.8 Million PowerBook and iBook Batteries

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2006, 15:36
Category: battery

Apple is recalling certain lithium-ion, rechargable batteries that were used with various models of its portable lines sold between October 2003 and August 2006. There is a possibility that these batteries can overheat, which could cause a fire risk.

Affected machines sold in the United States include:

* Apple PowerBook G4 12-inch and PowerBook G4 15-inch

* Apple iBook/G4 12-inch

These batteries were also sold as replacement batteries for the listed models.

Apple is prepared to dispatch a replacement battery upon the receipt of the replacement order. Customers will be asked to return their old batteries to Apple to ensure proper disposal. A postage-paid envelope will be provided to do so.

No other PowerBook or iBook batteries are part of this recall and no MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries are part of this recall. The recall involves the specified batteries only, not the computers themselves.

Apple Battery Recall

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The Apple Core: Federal government clears MacBook Pro batteries

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2006, 12:41
Category: The Apple Core

According to the Feds MacBook Pro owners concerned about the safety of their Lithium Ion battery packs can breathe a sigh of relief, but only if the battery serial number has been checked against Apple’s list of recalled cells noted in their voluntary exchange program. Recalled MacBook Pro batteries are identified by a serial number that ends with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC.
An article in Computer Reseller News indicates that The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “has reviewed substandard batteries for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks but determined they didn’t pose any safety threat.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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