Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu Ltd. said yesterday it is recalling 287,000 laptop batteries worldwide manufactured by Sony Corp., adding to an already massive global recall.
Affected are 224,000 laptops sold overseas across 10 models, including the popular Lifebook series, according to Fujitsu spokesman Masao Sakamoto. The remaining 63,000 were sold across 17 models were sold in Japan.
Fujitsu was still working out recall logistics, Sakamoto said. He did not know how much the recall would cost Fujitsu.
Almost every major laptop maker has told customers to return Sony-made lithium ion batteries, which officials have said could overheat and catch fire.
The largest recalls have been issued by Dell Inc., with 4.2 million batteries affected, and Apple Computer Inc., with 1.8 million batteries. Sony expects costs of at least US$170 million related to the Dell and Apple recalls.
According to the Tokyo-based company, the batteries can short-circuit because shards of metal were left in batteries' cells during production in Japan. Dell's recall came after six instances of overheating or fire involving Dell systems with Sony-made batteries.
Sony's battery woes have been one of many headaches for a company struggling to regain its reputation for high quality.