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Toshiba Expands Recall For Laptop Battery Packs

Toshiba Expands Recall For Laptop Battery Packs

 

(WENY) -  Toshiba is expanding its recall for laptop battery packs. The panasonic lithium-ion battery packs used in Toshiba laptop computers can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.

About 91,000 units were originally recalled on March 30, 2016.  Now, about 83,000 aditional units are being recalled.

The recall affects 41 odels of Toshiba Satellite laptops.

The recalled battery packs now include those sold between June 2011 and November 2016. The battery packs also were sold separately and installed by Toshiba as part of a repair.

The recalled packs have part numbers printed on them that begin with G71C (G71C*******).

A complete list of battery pack part numbers included in this recall can be found on the firm’s website at http://go.toshiba.com/battery.

Toshiba received reports of the battery pack overheating and melting, but no injuries have been reported.

Check your battery pack, or go to Toshiba's website and click on the battery pack utility link in the first shadowed box on the page.

If the part is affected by the recall: turn off the laptop, remove the battery, and follow instructions to get a free replacement battery pack. 

Until your new battery pack arrives, use the laptop by plugging it into AC power only.

The product was sold at Office Depot, Staples, and other electronics stores nationwide. And online at Toshibadirect.com and other websites from June 2011 through November 2016. The laptop costs between $500 and $1,000, and between $70 and $130 for the battery pack.