Sony battery found to be the cause of laptop fire at LAX

By Justin Mann on September 25, 2006, 10:56 AM
An unfortunate event struck at LAX last week, when a Lenovo laptop was consumed in an unfortunate fire. Now it has been revealed that the cause of that fire was indeed a defective Sony battery. While the article doesn't mention if the battery was one of recalled models, it goes to show that the recall happened for a very good reason. Likely, not everyone owning a potentially dangerous unit will even know about it, let alone send it in for replacement. Sony may be doing their part to clean up the mess, but in truth they are the primary reason it is occurring. Are accidents like these preventable on the laptop manufacturer side, such as with better cooling, or is this an example of just plain unacceptable manufacturing? Batteries exploding is more than a serious QC issue.

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