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Fujitsu takes back 287k batteries in FMV-Biblio, Lifebook

Posted: 09 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fujitsu? battery recall? Sony batteries? Dell? Apple?

Japan's Fujitsu will recall 287,000 Sony-made battery packs in its laptops as part of the voluntary replacement program that Sony announced. The company said it was issuing the recall even though it had not received reports of overheating, as was the case with other computer makers.

"As of this time, we are not aware of any instances of battery pack problems involving Fujitsu notebook PCs similar to those that have been announced by Dell and Apple Computer," said the company. "Nevertheless, we have decided to cooperate with Sony's voluntary battery replacement program."

Fujitsu has offered voluntary replacement of the Sony-made battery packs used in their FMV-Biblio models sold in Japan, as well as several Lifebook models sold outside Japan. A list of notebook PC models subject to Sony's replacement program are available at Fujitsu's website.

Of late, notebook batteries recalled by manufacturers reached over 7 million units.

Dell has recalled 4.1million notebook batteries made by Sony after several reports of notebooks overheating and catching fire. Apple Computer recalled 1.8 million Sony batteries because of overheating hazards in August.

Last week, IBM and Lenovo recalled over half a million ThinkPad notebook batteries made by Sony after an incident at the Los Angeles International Airport where a ThinkPad began emitting sparks and smoke.

In addition, Matsushita, Panasonic's parent company, recalled 6,000 notebook batteries last month because of overheating, but said those batteries were not made by Tokyo-based Sony.

Sony has not yet recalled any of its Vaio laptops, although this is expected in the near future. One Vaio notebook caught fire last month in a home in Kansas, but the company said the battery was not made by Sony.




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