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September 25, 2006

More Exploding Batteries and Virgin Eases Up

The exploding battery story takes a cue from the Energizer bunny and just keeps going.  A Dell laptop caught fire at Yahoo last week and shut down some of the Santa Clara offices for a time.

A Lenovo laptop caught fire at Los Angeles International airport, although it is unconfirmed that the battery in question was manufactured by Sony.  The company is investigating.

In the meantime, Virgin Atlantic has modified the rules that originally prohibited laptops under battery recall from being operated on planes.  The original ban did allow use if the battery was removed and a plane's power socket was the source of power.  That didn't fly, so to speak, as there are very few power outlets on Virgin planes.  Now the airline is only banning laptop use if the batteries are from the affected manufacturing lots.  That makes more sense, although the latest mishaps must still make security officials and passengers nervous.

Of all the laptop brands so far that have suffered exploding batteries, Sony, oddly, is not one of them.

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