The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Toshiba America Information Systems, today announced a voluntary recall of about 1,400 laptop computers. Consumers should stop using the recalled Toshiba laptops immediately and contact Toshiba to receive a free replacement laptop battery. In the meantime, computer users can continue to use the laptops safely, by turning the system off, removing the battery, and using the AC adapter and power cord to power the system until the replacement battery is received.
The lithium-ion laptop batteries (made by Sony Energy Devices Corp., of Japan) are being recalled because the pose a fire hazard to computer users. Toshiba has received three reports outside of the United States of notebook batteries overheating. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled lithium-ion laptop batteries were sold with, or sold separately to be used with the following notebook computer models: Satellite A100, Satellite A105 and Tecra A7. The battery model is printed on the battery. To see pictures of these recalled Toshiba laptop batteries, including the battery and the laptop unit, please scroll down below the video.
These recalled laptop batteries were sold through authorized electronics retailers nationwide from January 2006 through April 2006 for between $680 and $1,300 for the computer systems and for between $90 and $120 when the batteries were sold separately.
Manufactured in: China (battery packs)
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Toshiba at (800) 457-7777 anytime or visit their Web site at www.bxinfo.toshiba.com
Video of Exploding Lithium Ion Battery in a Notebook Computer