Toshiba issues battery recall due to potential fire hazard

Toshiba issues battery recall due to potential fire hazard
Toshiba issues battery recall due to potential fire hazard
Over 50 part numbers and at least 1400 SKUs have been affected including those from the Portege, Qosmio, and Satellite series.

Toshiba has launched a worldwide recall and replacement program of certain battery modules found on Toshiba notebooks as they may overheat, burn, and catch on fire if subjected to extreme conditions. The scale of the recall is rather sizable as the new exchange program includes both business and general consumer notebooks manufactured anywhere from June 2011 to January 2016. The recall pertains to specific Panasonic battery packs only.

Owners can check the official Battery Replacement Program page for information on how to identify and replace affected models. Toshiba offers both a downloadable utility and a list of models, which includes an awfully long selection of brands (Portege, Satellite, Tecra, Satellite Pro) that may differ depending on the region in which they were sold. Toshiba is recommending users to turn off and remove the faulty battery until a replacement is received.

The recall is another blow to Toshiba's notebook arm as it had already announced a partial withdrawal from the market. In particular, the manufacturer will begin offering fewer consumer notebooks in favor of more lucrative business and professional notebooks.

Microsoft, Fujitsu, and Sony have also faced similar recalls relating to power adapters or overheating battery packs.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-02- 1 (Update: 2016-02- 2)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.