Acer says it has no need for laptop battery recall

Acer said it won't recall any notebook PCs for battery problems related to a Sony production glitch

The world's fourth-largest PC vendor, Acer, said it won't need to recall any notebook PCs for battery problems related to a Sony production glitch.

"We do not rely on Sony for batteries," president of Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, said. For the small number of Acer laptops that do use Sony materials in their batteries, Acer's battery charging mechanism ensures the batteries would not have problems.

Sony's battery woes started in August when Dell recalled 4.1 million laptop computer batteries due to a potential fire hazard caused by Sony-made lithium-ion battery cells damaged during production. Other companies soon followed Dell's lead, including Apple, Lenovo, and Toshiba.

Last week, Sony announced that the final replacement figure could reach around 9.6 million laptop batteries. More than 8.1 million batteries have been recalled since mid-August.

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