Lenovo Group Ltd, the 3rd largest personal computer maker in the world, become a new member of pc makers annoyed by the problem of battery's safe, with a announcement to recall 526,000 laptop batteries made by Sony Corp.
Before the recall, a fire event of laptop made by Lenovo accured in Los Angeles International Airport. The Sony Components concluing in the recalled batteries are same to those recalled in August by Dell Inc and Apple Computer Inc.
The recall hit Sony again. The company said in August the related costs brought by the battery recall of Dell and Apple were about $170 - 255 million. Lenovo said Sony will share the charges to change the batteries recalled.
A Sony's representative said the company will support the recall action of Levono. Besides, it issued a statment that the company will launch a global battery changing project to respond to the people's attention on the overheating battery events. The project will change some Sony-made Lion batteries for laptop manufacturers.
According to the Washington- based Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled batteries were sold with, or sold separately to be used with, the following ThinkPad notebook computers between February 2005 and September 2006: T Series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); and X Series (X60, X60s). They were distributed by IBM until Lenovo, the Chinese computer maker, bought IBM's personal computer division in May 2005.