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Fire fear sparks battery recall

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The affected batteries were made in 2004 and 2005

Laptop-makers including Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Toshiba are recalling 100,000 Sony-made batteries due to fears they may overheat or catch fire.

Sony said the recall came after 40 instances of overheating, including four cases where users had minor burns.

The recall affects around 74,000 HP laptops, 14,400 from Toshiba, and small numbers from Dell, Acer and Lenovo.

Sony said the affected batteries were caused by a production line problem between October 2004 and June 2005.

Some 35,000 batteries are being recalled the US, and a further 65,000 in other parts of the world.

Previous recall

Sony's announcement comes a month after it said it was recalling 438,000 of its own Vaio laptops, also due to concerns about overheating.

The Japanese giant said the latest recall would only have a limited impact on its earnings.

The latest recall is a fraction of Sony's much bigger 2006 battery recall that affected 9.6 million laptops.

Earlier this week Sony was forced to report a 71% fall in profits for the three months to the end of September, blaming the global economic downturn and the high value of Japan's yen.



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