After about a week of mulling, Fujitsu announced global recall of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells that can potentially explode or catch fire. The company specifically mentioned that it had never been reported about any problems of the kind with its computers.
“As of this time, we are not aware of any instances of battery pack problems involving Fujitsu notebook PCs similar to those that have been announced by Dell and Apple Computer,” a statement by the company reads. Nevertheless, in response to Sony’s global recall announcement, Fujitsu has decided “to cooperate with Sony’s voluntary battery replacement program”.
Fujitsu will replace batteries found in certain Fujitsu FMV Biblo Loox P- and T-series models, as well as in FMV-P8210. In addition, Fujitsu-Siemens will recall batteries from various Lifebook C-, P- and S-series laptops. The total amount of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is 287 thousand units, according to news-wires.
To date, the total amount of Sony-made rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to be recalled is close to 7.6 million of units.
Back in August Apple and Dell have recalled combined 5.9 million – 1.8 and 4.1 million respectively – batteries for notebooks after several incidents, in which batteries produced by Sony flamed and/or exploded. In mid-September Toshiba said to replace 340 thousand of laptop batteries also made by Sony, as those could run out of power unexpectedly. Additionally, Panasonic said it would recall batteries for 6 thousand of its laptop batteries that contained Sony-made cells due to fire hazard. Finally, Toshiba said it would recall 838 thousand batteries for its notebooks, Lenovo announced plans to replace 526 thousand rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that include cells supplied by Sony and Dell said would recall 100 thousand more batteries, increasing its total numbers of accumulators to be recalled to 4.2 million.
Back in August a spokesman for Sony indicated that Sony Electronics was “speaking regularly with its battery customers” and expressed opinion that the recalls would stop with Apple and Dell, implying that HP and Lenovo, another notebook suppliers who used batteries by Sony, will not recall their products. Sony itself said it would not replace batteries for its own Vaio notebooks.