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by Mike Zazaian October 2, 2006 - 5:23pm, No Comments

An IBM laptop victimized by a faulty Sony battery

After initiating the largest PC-related recall in history with more than 7.7 million laptop batteries, Sony may continue the effort by recalling various consumer electronics sometime in October

Sony is currently working with the Consumer Products Safety Commision (CPSC) to identify products beyond their lithium-ion batteries that may potentially pose a fire risk. According to the Wall Street Journal, fires in Sony’s portable DVD players have been almost as prevalent as in the laptop batteries, with 47 instances reported. According to Julie Vallese, a CPSC spokesperson:

The upcoming Sony recall could very well expand beyond notebook computers and could include DVD players and portable gaming devices. The risk of a battery fire is low, but real.

Fires occur in the batteries when tiny metal particles come into contact with any other internal part of the battery. Because these issues are likely the result of poor quality control, the problem doesn’t effect every battery in circulation. However, Sony will still have to recall the lot of them as it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly which batteries are defective. Recent inquiries by Sony and the CPSC have found that Sony’s PSP lineup and a number of other products that use Sony batteries may also need to included in the recall, alleged to begin later in October.

Sony began recalling laptop batteries in August, targeting 4.1 million batteries used in Dell computers and 1.8 million from Apple models. Since then an additional 1.9 million lithium-ion batteries have been added to the recall list, coming from Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba laptop models. While Sony’s initial figures for the 5.8 million battery recall put the company’s costs between $170 million and ÿ million US, the ensuing 1.9 million laptop batteries and more on the way will continue to hike that number as the recall efforts progress.

[via Consumer Reports]