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Fire Hazard Sparks Laptop Battery Recall

Published: 2008.11.05 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with several manufacturers, has announced a voluntary recall of certain notebook PC batteries that may overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

The lithium-ion batteries made by Sony are used in Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Dell notebook computers. The CPSC estimates about 35,000 batteries were sold in the U.S. and an additional 65,000 batteries were sold worldwide.

According to the CPSC, there have been 19 reports of batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames or fire. In 10 instances, there was minor property damage. Two consumers experienced minor burns.

Brands Involved in Recall
The recalled batteries were included with and sold separately for use in the following notebook computer lines:

Computer Manufacturer Units (Approximate) Notebook Lines Dates
Hewlett-Packard 32,000

HP Pavilion
Compaq Presario
HP Compaq

Sold from December 2004 through June 2006
Toshiba 3,000


Sold from April 2005 to October 2005

Dell 150


Shipped between November 2004 and November 2005









Note: See the CPSC news release in Related Information for a list of specific model numbers involved in the recall.

Getting a Replacement
You should remove the recalled battery from your notebook computer immediately and contact the manufacturer (see Related Information). If your battery is part of the recall, you can request a free replacement. Use an AC adapter to power your computer until a replacement battery arrives. Use only batteries from your computer manufacturer or an authorized reseller.

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