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Fri 13 Oct 2006 04:00 PM

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Notebook saga not good

Dear Editor,

I am deeply concerned about the ongoing Sony battery saga — and the fact that my laptop which is always by my side, in my home, office, car and on long haul flights — could apparently set itself alight without warning.

My question to the manufacturers of these batteries — and the notebook vendors that use them — is how could this happen?

I have no doubt that billions of dollars are spent every year on research and development of these products which must include extensive testing under different conditions.

Surely the scientists employed to carry out these tests should have spotted the fact that when metal particles in one part of the battery cell come into contact with other parts of the cell, the cell could short circuit.

It seems that every week another notebook vendor joins the ranks of those recalling the lithium-ion batteries.

How soon will it be before no laptop is safe to use and we have to abandon them altogether?

Concerned laptop PC user, Kuwait.

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