Just how much will the cost be? As we saw with Sony's recalls, batteries aren't cheap to replace – and Matsushita is looking at upwards of $172 Million in costs, as they admitted today. That $172 million is coming from batteries manufactured over the course of less a year.
This recall is yet another strike against lithium-ion batteries, which have seen numerous recalls from various manufacturers in the past two years, beginning with the huge Sony scandal. Some are calling for a redesign of manufacturing processes and designs used for li-ion cells, claiming the technology as it exists is flawed. If indeed that is the case, projects like fuel cells might have a better chance of succeeding.