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Hitachi Joins Sony-made Battery Recall

Computer and consumer electronics maker Hitachi has joined the ranks of computer makers recalling Sony-made lithium-ion laptop batteries: Reuters is reporting the company is recalling some 16,000 notebook computer batteries, mostly in business systems sold in Japan.

The size of the recall doesn’t compare to the hundreds of thousands—and millions—recalled by Toshiba, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Apple, and (most significantly) Dell, but having another company join on the battery recall certainly adds to Sony’s woes. The Hitachi recall is not large enough to cut into either company’s bottom line, but according to Reuters, Hitachi is working with Sony to have the latter company pay the cost of replacing the batteries.