Toshiba Reports Sony Battery-Related Notebook Fire

Here we go again. Toshiba is blaming a Sony battery for a notebook that recently burst into flames. The fire occurred on May 24 and was later linked to a short circuit within the Sony battery pack. The computer maker said it would redouble its efforts to get customers to return the defective devices; Toshiba has had a recall program in place since late September 2006, when Sony launched a global replacement program. Toshiba is replacing batteries without charge.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has listed 16 reports of Sony lithium-ion notebook batteries overheating. Sony's first global recall of more than 10 million batteries came last year when power sources used in notebooks from several manufacturers began showing defects and overheating. It was the largest recall ever in the computer industry. While the recalls haven't affected the number of notebooks sold, a survey by IDC found that 15% of corporate buyers and consumers would change brands to avoid potential safety problems.

News source: InformationWeek

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It sounds like that battery was one of the recalled ones. I have no sympathy for that person you run your own risks not checking to see if your laptop was a part of that recall.

So it's the consumers fault if they buy a laptop with a defective battery, and NOT the manufacturer? Please explain.

I have no sympathy for that person you run your own risks not checking to see if your laptop was a part of that recall.

Yeah, because every time I buy something I automatically go online and see if it has been recalled for possibly bursting into flames. I'm sure all consumers do that, yep. Totally this guy's fault. Is the sarcasm thick enough yet? That reminds me, I bought bag of chips this evening and I better check for a recall before I eat them.

TRC said,
I have no sympathy for that person you run your own risks not checking to see if your laptop was a part of that recall.

Yeah, because every time I buy something I automatically go online and see if it has been recalled for possibly bursting into flames. I'm sure all consumers do that, yep. Totally this guy's fault. Is the sarcasm thick enough yet? That reminds me, I bought bag of chips this evening and I better check for a recall before I eat them.

When they were recalling cars with the Firestone tires would you still buy one without checking what kind of tires are on there? This laptop battery drama was all over the news. It's a lot different than buying a digital camera and finding out that the shutter has to be shut manually so there's a recall.