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Q: Sony Vaio VGN batteries a danger? ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Sony Vaio VGN batteries a danger?
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: fraser999-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 15 Aug 2006 17:34 PDT
Expires: 14 Sep 2006 17:34 PDT
Question ID: 756381
Are batteries for 
Vaio Sony laptop VGN-A250 bought in Jan 2005 in danger of catching
fire like those in the Dell recall?

Request for Question Clarification by keystroke-ga on 16 Aug 2006 04:08 PDT
According to the information I have read in many articles from both
Sony and Dell, the problems seems to be restricted purely to Dell
based laptops.

You may be wise speaking directly to the company you purchased the
laptop / battery from but after my research only Dell is affected.

Subject: Re: Sony Vaio VGN batteries a danger?
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 18 Aug 2006 06:15 PDT
You may want to check this article,39020351,39281198,00.htm

Fujitsu and other Japanese computer makers said on Thursday that no
recall of batteries made by Sony was necessary as their computers were
designed to avoid overheating.

"We have determined that there is no possibility that any battery
trouble could cause smoking or fire in our notebook computers," said a
Fujitsu spokesman. "Most Japanese makers don't allow high voltage to
flow from their AC adapters to the computer battery, out of safety

Fujitsu statement follows Dell's announcement that it would recall 4.1
million lithium-ion batteries, saying batteries made by Sony could
smoke and catch fire.

Fujitsu, Toshiba and HP use Sony lithium-ion battery packs but the
batteries used are different from those shipped to Dell, the companies

US consumer safety officials said on Tuesday that they were reviewing
all Sony-made lithium-ion batteries in laptop computers for fire
hazards. The Japanese electronics company holds a 25 percent global
market share in lithium-ion batteries for notebook computers, after
Sanyo Electric.

Sony has said the overheating problem is believed to be specific to
batteries supplied to Dell and that an incompatibility between the
battery cells and Dell's recharge system was to blame."

Hopefully this answers your question.

Subject: Re: Sony Vaio VGN batteries a danger?
From: probonopublico-ga on 15 Aug 2006 23:11 PDT
Would not Sony have already recalled these batteries if they were the
same as they had supplied to Dell?
Subject: Re: Sony Vaio VGN batteries a danger?
From: danbow-ga on 28 Aug 2006 16:11 PDT
What about the Apple recall and the Vaio fires reported?  One of them
is here

I have a VGN-T250P purchased earlier this year and am concerned enough
to contact Sony.
Subject: Re: Sony Vaio VGN batteries a danger?
From: probonopublico-ga on 28 Aug 2006 21:33 PDT
Yes Danbow ... 

Things can change very quickly ...

But it did seem different then!

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