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Toshiba announces recall of Sony batteries as embarrassment for Sony grows

Toshiba announces recall of Sony batteries as embarrassment for Sony grows

Major Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Friday that it is recalling 830,000 batteries made by Sony for its laptops, the latest in a growing global recall involving Sony batteries.
Details weren't immediately available. Fujitsu spokesman Masao Sakamoto also said the Tokyo-based company will be making a decision soon about its laptops using Sony lithium-ion batteries.
The move follows an announcement from Sony Corp. earlier in the day asking manufacturers using its problem batteries to carry out exchanges.
Overnight, IBM Corp. and Lenovo Group, the world's third largest computer maker, said they were seeking the recall of rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries purchased with ThinkPad computers after one of them caught fire at Los Angeles International Airport this month.
In August, Dell asked customers to return 4.1 million batteries, and Apple Computer Inc. recalled 1.8 million batteries worldwide, warning they could catch fire.
Last week, Toshiba said it was recalling 340,000 laptop batteries, also made by Sony, but due to a different problem that caused the laptops to run out of power.
The recalls involving Sony batteries is largest electronic-related recall in U.S. history. It's a major embarrassment for the Japanese electronics and entertainment powerhouse, which is in the midst of a major overhaul of its operations, closing plants, shutting divisions and trimming jobs.
Sony has said the batteries could catch fire in rare cases when microscopic metal particles came into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit. Typically a battery pack will power off when there is a short circuit; but on occasion the battery would catch fire instead.