Despite of the fact that Apple and Dell decided to recall batteries for their notebooks that contained cells supplied by Sony, the latter has no plans to recall its own components of Vaio laptops, as it sees no problems and claims that HP and Lenovo will also not recall anything. Already now there are two reports of Sony Vaio heating and flaming, but the company says the incidents are not related to batteries.
“As far as Vaio PCs are concerned we don’t anticipate any need for a recall at this time, and that’s true from our understanding of other manufacturers we supply this technology to as well,” said Rick Clancy, a spokesman for Sony Electronics, reports LaptopMag web-site.
As of today, media reports have counted two incidents of heating and flaming Sony laptops, but neither had anything to do with faulty Sony batteries, according to the official for Sony, who also added that an incident, in
Apple and Dell have recalled combined 5.9 million batteries for notebooks after 9 and 6 incidents, respectively, in which batteries produced by Sony flamed and/or exploded. Mr. Clancy indicated that Sony Electronics is “speaking regularly with its battery customers” and expressed opinion that the recalls will stop with Apple and Dell, implying that HP and Lenovo, another notebook suppliers who used batteries by Sony, will not recall their products.
Sony said in an official statement that the recall arises because, on rare occasions, microscopic metal particles in the recalled battery cells may come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit within the cell. Typically, a battery pack will simply power off when a cell short circuit occurs. However, under certain rare conditions, an internal short circuit may lead to cell overheating and potentially flames, the company indicated. The potential for this to occur can be affected by variations in the system configurations found in different notebook computers.