The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that certain notebook batteries manufactured by Sony have been recalled and several companies that utilized it – including Dell, HP and Toshiba – should recall their mobile computers.
In total, the three personal computer suppliers and Sony are recalling about 100 thousand notebook battery packs worldwide. In the USA, about 35 thousand of mobile computers shipped with these potentially faulty lithium-ion battery packs between 2004 and 2006, according to a recent report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, reports eWeek web-site. Approximately 65 thousand of batteries were supplied into other markets.
To date, there have been 19 separate incidents of batteries overheating, according to the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed, according to CPSC statement.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission advices consumers to immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer, and contact their computer manufacturer to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.
Potentially faulty batteries may be installed into various personal computers, including Dell Inspiron and Latitude; HP Pavilion and Compaq; Toshiba Satellite and Tecra. The complete list of systems and contacts needed for additional replacement information can be found at CPSC web-site.
Back in 2006 Sony and its partners had to recall millions of notebook batteries that were subject to failure.