Toshiba recalls 100,000 laptop batteries
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Back in February, Toshiba issued a worldwide recall and replacement program for an impressive amount of batteries, over 50 part numbers and at least 1,400 SKUs being affected. Now, it is happening again. Last time, the batteries were in danger of overheating and igniting when facing extreme conditions, but now there is no fire involved.
Toshiba recently received four reports of battery packs overheating and melting. Fortunately, these reports did not say anything about fires or injuries. The recall covers no less than 39 models of Toshiba Portege, Tecra, and Satellite laptops that use Panasonic-made lithium-ion batteries. Unfortunately, these are not only parts that came with the laptops but also sold separately and installed by Toshiba as replacements for defective ones.
The affected battery packs have part numbers that start with G71C. The complete list is available online, at go.toshiba.com/battery. Consumers can check the part and serial numbers manually, but can also download and use the battery pack utility software from Toshiba.