Sony Corp. on October 23, 2006 issued a battery recall for its lithium-ion batteries that came with its notebook computers. Sony has acknowledged that these batteries are vulnerable to overheating or combustion.
Previously, Apple, Dell, Lenovo, IBM, and Hitachi recalled Sony made batteries in their notebook computers. However, this marks the first time Sony has issued the recall for batteries made for use with its own notebook computers.
Sony issued the recall to address customer concerns that other companies were issuing recalls of Sony’s batteries while Sony remained silent. Sony has issued this recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) under a program referred to as the Fast Track Product Recall Program .
The Fast Track Product Recall Program allows companies to identify dangerous products and propose a plan for recall. This also avoids a preliminary hazard determination by CPSC against the company’s product. If the plan is approved, the CPSC works with the company to begin the recall within 20 days of the initial report to CPSC.
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