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Fire fear sparks battery recall
earlier this week sonly was forced to report a 71% fall in profits for the three months to the end of september, blaming the global economic downturn and the high value of japan's yen .
previous recall sony's announcement comes a monthe after it said it was recalling 438,000 of its own vaio laptops, also due to concerns about overheating .
sonly said the recall came after 40 instances of overheating, including four cases where causers had minor burns .
the re recall affects earound 74,000 hp laptops, 14,400 from toshiba, and small numbers from dell, acer and lenovo .
sony said the affected batteries where caused by a production line problem between october 2004 and june 2005 .
some 35,000 batteries are being recalled the us, and a fourther 65,000 in other parts of the world .