HP says its Sony laptop batteries are safe


HP says its Sony laptop batteries are safe

Antony Savvas

HP has claimed it is not affected by the general laptop battery recall started by Sony, even though it uses the type of battery that has plagued Dell, Apple, Lenovo and Toshiba in recent weeks.

Between them, the companies have been forced to recall millions of Sony-manufactured batteries in their laptops  because of a potential fire hazard.

Sony started a general recall of its batteries last week, but HP says it has worked with Sony to review the battery cells used in HP notebooks.

HP said, “Based on this review, the companies are confident that because of HP’s PC system configuration, HP notebooks using Sony battery cells are not prone to overheating issues that have recently been observed.”

HP and Sony have agreed, said HP, that “there are currently no safety issues with regard to HP battery packs using 2.4Ah or 2.6Ah Sony cells, although no battery is immune to failure or overheating. As a result, HP determined that it is not necessary to join the global battery replacement programme that Sony has announced”.

Toshiba originally said it wasn’t affected by the fire hazard problem, but then launched a recall of 340,000 Sony laptop batteries.


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