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Fujitsu joins battery recall

Tash Shifrin

Fujitsu has joined a string of other laptop manufacturers in moving to replace Sony battery packs after fire hazard warnings.

The move follows the recall of nearly seven million Sony laptop batteries by Dell, Apple, Toshiba, IBM and Lenovo. The recalls began when Dell and then Apple issued warnings that the batteries could be a fire risk.

IBM and Lenovo joined the recall last week, a fortnight after a fire in a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop at Los Angeles airport caused panic amid fears of a terrorist attack.

As the number of recalls mounted Sony announced a general recall of all potentially affected batteries supplied to laptop manufacturers.

The firm issued a statement pledging a global replacement programme “in order to address concern related to recent over-heating incidents”.

Fujitsu has now opted to join Sony’s replacement programme, although the laptop manufacturer said, “As of this time, we are not aware of any instances of battery pack problems involving Fujitsu notebook PCs similar to those that have been announced by Dell and Apple Computer.”

Fujitsu will offer replacements of Sony-made battery packs in a series of its laptop models.


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