A Blast From The Past
In September 2006, a massive laptop battery recall was announced by Sony. This recall sent a wave across the entire industry, because besides selling laptops, Sony also does a great deal of business developing laptop battery technology for sale to other countries. The battery recalls in 2006 effected laptops made by virtually every laptop manufacturer, including Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and of course Sony. In total, around 10 million batteries were recalled.
The problem was rare, but severe. Anyone who has held a laptop on their lap for an hour or two at a time has probably felt the warmth generated by the computer and wondered if it could possibly catch itself, or something around it, on fire. In the case of the Sony laptop battery recall, that is exactly what happened. The batteries in a small number of computers caught fire or exploded. A few people suffered moderate to minor burns, and some property damage was caused by these detonating laptops.
That however was in 2006, and the problem has since been largely forgotten. But it apparently has yet to be entirely resolved.