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Sony to replace up to 9.6M battery units

Posted: 26 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sony Corp.? Li-ion battery? battery recall? Apple? Lenovo?

Sony Corp. announced that approximately 9.6 million battery packs will be covered in its voluntary replacement program for certain notebook computer battery packs using Sony-manufactured Li-ion battery cells. The program is implemented in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies worldwide.

The replacement program has been offered by Sony for all notebook computer battery packs containing the same types of Sony-manufactured battery cells as were involved in the Dell, Apple Computer and Lenovo recalls.

"For those customers and PC users who may have been affected by the recent issues involving Sony-manufactured batteries, we regret any inconvenience or concern this may have caused," said Yutaka Nakagawa, executive deputy president, Sony. "We are confident that our voluntary global battery replacement program will address any remaining concerns or needs of our customers and consumers."

The program will include the affected battery packs in specific notebook computers containing certain battery cells (2.4Ah, 2.6Ah) manufactured by the company during the period of August 2003 to February 2006. The company said that specific replacement programs' starting periods and procedures for consumers have been or soon will be announced by each of the participating PC manufacturers.

The total cost estimate to Sony for this replacement program, including costs associated with the Dell, Apple Computer and Lenovo recalls, is expected to be about $428 million. This estimate is based on the total potential of up to 9.6 million battery packs being covered.

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