In a way, yes. Nearly a year ago a Dell laptop fitted with a Sony battery caught on fire. Sony then said that the batteries (the ones that ended up getting recalled almost a year later) were prone to overheating, but Sony neglected to examine any other batteries they produced and neglected to examine the hardware used in the Dell laptops. They didn't do so because no other accidents had been reported—in a way, they ignored the matter.
Many fires, and millions of dollars worth of losses later, I bet Sony is wishing they would have further looked into this battery issue when it first became apparent a year ago.