Statement Regarding Sony's Support of Apple's Recall of Lithium Ion Battery Packs Used in Apple Notebook Computers

Aug 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Sony Corporation

    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in conjunction with the U.S.
 Consumer Product Safety Commission, Apple Computer announced a voluntary
 recall of lithium ion battery packs used in certain Apple notebook
 computers. The recalled packs contain battery cells originally manufactured
 by Sony.
     Sony is committed to the safety of consumers and supports this recall
 by our customer Apple.
     At this time, Sony anticipates no further recalls of battery packs
 using these particular battery cells.
     The recall arises because, on rare occasions, microscopic metal
 particles in the recalled battery cells may come into contact with other
 parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit within the cell.
 Typically, a battery pack will simply power off when a cell short circuit
 occurs. However, under certain rare conditions, an internal short circuit
 may lead to cell overheating and potentially flames. The potential for this
 to occur can be affected by variations in the system configurations found
 in different notebook computers.
     Sony has introduced a number of additional safeguards into its battery
 manufacturing process to address this condition and to provide a greater
 level of safety and security. We believe the issue has been addressed to
 the satisfaction of our customers.
     Sony currently estimates that the overall cost to Sony in supporting
 the recall programs of Apple and Dell will amount to between 20 billion yen
 and 30 billion yen. This overall cost is an estimate based on the costs of
 replacement battery packs and any other related costs to be incurred by
     Contacts:  In the U.S.:
                Rick Clancy
                Sony Electronics Inc.
                In Japan:
                Yoshikazu Ochiai
                Sony Corporation
                Takashi Uehara
                Sony Corporation

SOURCE Sony Corporation