Fujitsu recalls laptop batteriesFire risk again behind Sony battery recall

06 October 2006

Laptop maker Fujitsu is recalling almost 300,000 Sony laptop batteries because of a risk of fire if there's a short circuit.

It now means 7 million laptops made by Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba and now Fujitsu have been affected by the problem. This makes it one of the biggest product recalls in history.

The problem affects Fujitsu’s LifeBook notebooks and the company recommends that on specific models customers should stop using the batteries immediately and operate their machine on mains power only.

Battery replacement

An exchange programme will provide a free replacement battery.

The recalls began in August and affect lithium-ion battery packs. Usually a battery pack will just switch off when a short circuit occurs, but sometimes the short circuit can lead to overheating and a fire risk.

It’s expected that replacement of batteries by Sony could cost the company £265 million and hit profits.