According to an article recently published on BetaNews, Sony has issued a recall for approximately 100,000 laptop batteries due to a risk of personal injury because of problems with heat generation – potentially to the point of flash-incineration.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 19 reported incidents of the batteries overheating, 17 of which involved flames or fire. Two injuries were reported. The CPSC has forced Sony to recall all affected batteries as a result.
There were a small number of Dell laptops, the Latitude 110L and Inspiron models 1100, 1150, 5100, and 5160 and a large number of Toshiba units, the Satellite models A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, and M50M55 and Tecra models A3, A5, and S2 were affected. However, the bulk of the recall affects Hewlett Packard laptops sold between December 2004 and June 2006. The HP models were the Pavilion DV1000, DV8000, Presario V2000, and V2400 and Compaq N6100, NC6120, NC6140, NC6220, NC6230, NX4800, NX4820, NX6110, NX6120, and NX8600.
This is not the first time Sony has produced batteries that have been identified as the ignition point for fires.