Toshiba recalls laptop batteries

TOSHIBA IS to replace around 340,000 Sony laptop computer batteries worldwide, the third recall of faulty batteries made by Sony since mid August. The batteries, used in Toshiba’s Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite laptops, made between March and May of this year, could lose all their power. However, unlike Dell and Apple last month, Toshiba said there was no risk of the faulty batteries catching fire. Toshiba said the recall would not affect its earnings. A Toshiba spokesman declined to estimate the cost of the move, and would not say whether Toshiba was asking Sony to foot the bill. Toshiba said the batteries would die “only in rare cases”.