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Hitachi Ltd. said Friday it will recall about 16,000 lithium-ion battery packs made by Sony Corp. for its laptop personal computers in connection with possible overheating problems.

The company said the battery packs were installed in its personal computers for the Japanese market.

Hitachi said none of its computers has had overheating problems, but said it decided to recall them to alleviate consumer concerns after Sony announced last week it would do the same.

Hitachi said the computers subject to the recall — four models under the Flora 210W and Flora Se210 series — were made available only for corporate use, adding its recall program will begin Oct. 20.

Among Japanese computer makers, Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. have recently said they will recall lithium-ion batteries made by Sony, about 830,000 and 287,000 units on a global basis, respectively.

The number of Sony-made batteries put on recall programs worldwide so far has reached about 7.6 million.

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