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Toshiba Recalls More Sony Laptop Batteries

7/19/2007 11:23:00 AM Eastern

Tokyo — Toshiba said on Thursday that it has recalled more Sony laptop computer batteries due to fire risk, rekindling concerns over the safety of Sony-made batteries.

Toshiba is replacing a total 10,000 battery packs after three of its laptop PCs using battery cells made on Dec. 3, 2005 caught fire in the last 10 months. No one was hurt in the incidents.

More than 5,100 units of the 10,000 packs are potentially defective, but Toshiba is recalling double the amount to make sure all the battery packs containing targeted battery cells are exchanged.

Sony last year recalled 9.6 million PC batteries as they could catch fire from overheating in rare occasions, costing Sony $418 million.

The recall of the 10,000 Sony-made batteries comes on top of the 9.6 million units targeted in the previous exchange program.

A Sony spokesman said the financial impact should be limited as the size of the recall is relatively small this time.