Sony’s initial failure to acknowledge the lithium-ion problem and to share the recall responsibility with other personal computer manufacturers is not the first time Sony has impeded progress for the information technology (IT) and consumer electronics (CE) industry apparently placing profit over public safety. Though the battery recall has sparked much unwanted media attention, a lesser known fact is that Sony continues to oppose international fire safety standards for its products. As a member of national and international standards-making advisory groups, Sony has delayed efforts by public safety groups such as the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to subject all CE and IT equipment to flammability testing. See the fire safety test comparisons of these products at NASFM’s website.

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