Toshiba Recalls 91,000 Laptops Over Fire Hazard

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What’s worse than sitting down with your laptop only to have the hot computer burn your legs? When that laptop catches on fire. And that’s why Toshiba is recalling the laptop battery packs used in 39 of its computer models.

According to a notice filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the lithium-ion battery packs in approximately 91,000 Toshiba laptops can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.

The battery packs were used in several Toshiba computers, including the Portege, Satellite, and Tecra laptops, sold between June 2011 and January 2016.

In addition to the laptops directly affected by the recall, Toshiba cautions that other computers may be affected if their owners purchased extra battery packs or had their batteries replaced during servicing.

A complete list of battery pack part numbers included in this recall can be found on Toshiba’s website.

Toshiba says it has received four reports of the battery packs overheating and melting. However, no injuries have been reported.

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Affected laptop batteries can be identified by the model, part, and serial number. If a consumers’ battery has been recalled, Toshiba suggests users power off the laptop, remove the battery, and request a replacement battery pack.

Until a replacement battery pack is received, consumers should use the laptop by plugging into AC power only.