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Sony, in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commision, and following the lead of many other companies that sold products which incorporated Sony’s batteries, has announced that it, too, is recalling some 340,000 battery packs manufactured by Sony, due to the significant risk of catching fire.

As stated in the Recall Notice issued October 26, 2006:

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 16 reports of notebook computer batteries overheating, causing minor property damage and two minor burns. All of these reported incidents and injuries have been associated with earlier recalls of notebook computer batteries containing these Sony cells. There have been no incidents involving batteries sold by the notebook manufacturers participating in this announcement.

Sony’s recall of 340,000 batteries is in addition to the over 3,000,000 packs installed by manufacturers of laptop computers, including Fujitsu, Gateway, Toshiba, and Dell Computers, etc.

Consumers are encouraged not to delay the rapid return and replacement of these batteries, for free, as a house fire, car fire, or other dangerous event can happen without warning of any kind.

Certainly, from a legal perspective, a consumer who does not take advantage of the recall and who thereafter sustains a fire loss, will likely face a more difficult legal battle, or even allegations of fault, for not immediately returning the recalled product, (not to mention the chance of serious personal injury, or event death, from these potentially dangerous lithium ion batteries.)

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