Toshiba recalls laptop batteriesThird recall of Sony-made batteries in two months

19 September 2006

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Electronics giant Toshiba has announced it’s recalling 340,000 Sony-made laptop batteries – the third such recall in two months.

It comes just weeks after both Dell and Apple recalled millions of Sony batteries over fears they could burst into flames.

This latest problem poses no fire risk but the battery fault causes the laptops to sometimes stop recharging or run out of power.

The problems are found in some of the battery packs for Dynabook and Satellite laptop models manufactured from March to May this year.

Recharging problem

Toshiba says that today’s recall affects 340,000 laptop batteries: 100,000 in the US, 45,000 in Japan, and the rest in other parts of the world.

In August, Dell asked customers to return 4.1 million faulty laptop batteries, while Apple Computer recalled 1.8 million batteries worldwide.

Dell's recall covered about 14 per cent of the Latitude, Inspiron, XPS and Precision notebooks sold between April 1, 2004, and July 18 of this year.