Sony decrees end to blazing batteries

Thanks to Dell and Apple’s problems this week with fiery Sony batteries, Sony’s share price is falling faster than Chris Moyles on a skydive, but the

Thanks to Dell and Apple’s problems this week with fiery Sony batteries, Sony’s share price is falling faster than Chris Moyles on a skydive, but the Japanese giant is adamant that its hot chip fiasco is over.

Over one million iBook and Powerbook packs were recalled on Thursday following Dell’s recall of four million batteries earlier in the week, and fears have been spreading that other laptops – including those made by HP and Acer – will have to be hauled back in too.

However, Sony told us today: ‘At this time, Sony anticipates no further recalls of battery packs using these particular battery cells. We have introduced a number of additional safeguards into our battery manufacturing process to address this condition and to provide a greater level of safety and security.’

In other words, don’t take your family down to the bomb shelter if your laptop’s feeling a bit warm. Your battery should simply switch off if a short circuit occurs.

Sony’s battery department staff, on the other hand, will be well advised to run for cover if the CEO’s in town – the recalls from Dell and Apple have cost their company between £90-135million.

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