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One of the recalled batteries  (Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Sony laptop batteries continue to be a hot topic for Toshiba PCs

All had been quiet on the Sony laptop battery fiasco front,until Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Thursday announced a recall of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries containing Sony cells used in Toshiba notebook computers. The CPSC says that consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The CPSC estimates that around 1,400 units are affected, coming from computer models Satellite A100, Satellite A105 and Tecra A7. The battery model is printed on the battery.

Model

Computer Model Prefix Number
(first 2 digits of serial number)

Model Prefix
(first 6 characters)

Manufacturing Date Range

Estimated Retail
Pricing (when sold)

Satellite A100

16, 26, 36, 46

PSAA0U

January 1, 2006 – April 30, 2006

About $1,300

Satellite A105

16, 26, 36, 46

PSAA2U
PSAA8U
PSAA9U

January 1, 2006 – April 30, 2006

About $1,000

Tecra A7

16, 26, 36, 46

PTA70U
PTA71U

January 1, 2006 – April 30, 2006

About $700

The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Toshiba has received three reports outside of the United States of notebook batteries overheating, but no injuries have been reported.

The CPSC suggests that consumers should stop using the recalled batteries and contact Toshiba to receive a free replacement battery. Consumers can continue to use the notebook computers 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. Consumers should use only batteries obtained from Toshiba or from an authorized Toshiba reseller.

Over 10 million lithium ion laptop batteries have been recalled worldwide since last year. A long list of computer manufacturers has felt the effects of the defective batteries, including Sony, Dell, Apple, Lenovo and Toshiba. The most recent recall came in April from Acer, when 27,000 batteries were called back.





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