Sony Battery Fire Injures One in Japan
Fujitsu, one of several companies involved in the worldwide Sony laptop battery recall, disclosed Friday that one of its notebooks with Sony's batteries overheated and sparked, burning the hand of the user. The injuries were minor, and the incident was the first known occurrence on any of its products, the company said. Altogether, Fujitsu is recalling some 338,000 batteries due to the fire risk.
Sony has taken a massive financial hit due to the recall, announcing that combined with preparations for the PlayStation 3, it is reporting a 96 percent drop in net profits. Although occurrences like the one in Japan are rare, the electronics maker has decided to hedge its bets and call back any battery that may have been manufactured during that period as a safety precaution.