Fire up the laptop - HP, Toshiba and Dell recall batteries

3 November 2008

Now there's a new way to get flamed online. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 100,000 laptops fitted with Sony batteries after 19 reports of overheating, including 17 cases of fire. Two people also suffered minor burns as a result, which makes you wonder how important that email reply must have been. Flesh. Burning. Pain. Unbearable. Must. Keep. Typing.

Although they were manufactured by Sony, the lithium-ion batteries were supplied with machines built by Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Dell. 35,000 batteries were used in models sold in the US market, 2,000 batteries were shipped to the Japanese market and the remaining 63,000 went to European and Asian markets.

At the moment, no recall notices for those batteries and machines shipped to the UK and Europe have been issued, but they are expected imminently.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has only released model details of the batteries being recalled in the US, which may or may not be similar to those that will be recalled in the UK; you can find full details here.

TOPICS:   Recalls   Gadgets

3 comments

  • Replacement B.
    Is all your info correct? I am not trying to be a bad guy, nonetheless I don't see how this makes complete sense! I often have to check the same small things out for myself on my own Laptop Battery Blog site, here... Laptop Battery Depot... but what you wrote is important, and I will place a link back to your post. Peace!
  • Karena K.
    Hi, I am looking at online for new DELL high-performance laptop on aol. My old Inspiron laptop is running really noisy. This has been a issue for the past three-four months. It is always at 70-100% usage, even when the laptop is just sitting. Also, the Dell Inspiron 6400 Battery can't last for even 1 hour. You made some great points & I am so happy I found your help here. I'm sure I'll visit here again soon.
  • Elton S.
    Hi, I am looking at online for new Toshiba high-performance laptop on yahoo. My aged Satellite laptop is running really loud. This has been a problem for the past three-four months. It is usually at 70-100% usage, even when the laptop is just sitting. Also, the toshiba battery can't last for even 1 hour. You made some great points & I am so glad I found your help here. I'm sure I'll visit here again soon.

What do you think?

Connect with Facebook, Twitter, or just enter your email to sign in and comment.

Your comment