Fujitsu will offer owners of some of its laptop computers replacement batteries as part of Sony’s global battery exchange program, it said Saturday.
Sony announced the program Friday in response to growing consumer concerns about its laptop PC batteries, which are used by many companies. Since mid-August, about 6.6 million laptop batteries containing Sony-made cells have been recalled by computer makers because of a potential fire hazard.
Fujitsu said it believes there is no danger in using Sony-made batteries in its machines, but following recalls from other PC vendors, the companies are offering replacements to ease customers’ concerns.
The Fujitsu Japanese-market models are: FMV Biblo Loox P-series P70R and P70S, and the Biblo Loox T-series T50M, T50R, T50RN, T50S, T50SN, T70M, T70M/T, T70MN, T70R, T70R/T, T70RN, T70S, T70S/V, T70SN and the FMV-P8210.
Those sold outside Japan covered by the exchange are: Lifebook P1510, P1510D, P7120, P7120D, S7020, S7020D, S7025, S7025D, C1320 and C1320D.
On Friday, Toshiba said it would offer replacement batteries for about 830,000 PCs under the Sony program.
-Martyn Williams, IDG News Service (Tokyo Bureau)
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