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October 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The massive global recall of batteries made by Sony Corp. widened as Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu Ltd. said it was recalling 287,000 laptop batteries that were at risk of overheating or catching fire. The move brings the number of lithium-ion batteries being replaced worldwide to more than 7 million, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fujitsu said the recall would affect 224,000 laptops sold outside Japan across 10 models, including the popular Lifebook series.
February 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Spectrum Brands Inc., the maker of Rayovac batteries and Remington shavers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Atlanta company filed for court protection after it missed a $25.8-million interest payment.
Buying batteries used to be easy--you picked the right size and decided whether you wanted to spend a little extra for the alkaline kind. But those days are quickly fading. A boom in portable gadgets is powering an even larger boom in the battery universe. Today's power cells come in myriad prices, sizes and types. New names like "Ultra," "Advanced Formula" and "Maximum Alkaline" have entered the lexicon.
April 7, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Sears, Roebuck & Co., the largest U.S. department store company, agreed to pay $985,000 to settle allegations by the Florida attorney general that it sold used auto batteries from Exide Corp. as new. Sears, without admitting wrongdoing, also agreed to add five months to the free-replacement warranties it offers on Exide batteries it sold before April 1. Sears, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill., said it settled to avoid the time and expense of litigation.
April 15, 1990 | from Associated Press
NASA opened Discovery's payload bay doors Saturday to remove the Hubble Space Telescope's batteries for recharging and to replace a faulty part in preparation for an April 25 launch. Technicians took out a faulty auxiliary power unit responsible for grounding the shuttle last week. A new unit was being installed to be tested today and fired up briefly later this week. "We haven't run into any problem," said Lisa Malone, a spokeswoman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
December 26, 1987 | KEITH BRADSHER, Times Staff Writer
About two-fifths of all household batteries consumed in the United States are sold at Christmastime. At the Toys R Us store in Torrance, for instance, customers have been snapping up plastic-wrapped batteries by the carton to power everything from talking dolls to educational toys, manager Victor Green said. "It's probably about three times as many (as in a normal month.) We sell a lot of things that require 'C' cells and we can't keep them in stock." Such talk ought to bring good cheer to U.S.
November 11, 1997 | Associated Press
General Motors Corp. will begin using batteries that nearly double the driving range of electric pickups between charges. Utilities in Detroit, Atlanta and Los Angeles will each test an electric pickup that has a nickel-metal hydride battery, GM spokesman Dick Thompson said. The batteries will be installed in the Detroit-based auto maker's electric cars in California and Arizona starting sometime next year, he said. Honda Motor Co.
January 14, 1989 | SHAWN MAREE SMITH, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court jury has awarded a Redding couple $9.7 million after determining that a battery manufacturer knowingly distributed defective batteries, one of which exploded when the husband tried to help a couple jump-start their car. The jury awarded general damages of $3.2 million on Thursday and punitive damages of $6.5 million on Friday to Gary and Mona Jones after finding that Johnson Controls Inc., manufacturer of the Die-Hard battery, and Sears Roebuck & Co. Inc.
June 7, 1994 | From Reuters
Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the sodium sulfur battery remains promising for commercial electric cars despite two fires in test vehicles using the high-heat propulsion system. Ford last week grounded its fleet of 36 Ecostar test vehicles made with the sodium sulfur battery pending an investigation into the cause of the fires.
Broadening its reach beyond the computer industry, Western Digital Corp. said Tuesday that it will begin selling its technology for portable computer batteries to makers of batteries for camcorders and cellular phones. The company said it would market its TakeCharge rechargeable battery technology through an exclusive distribution agreement with Power Battery Holdings Corp. in Bellevue, Wash.
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