Sony Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Previous Fires

Rechargeable, lithium ion batteries containing Sony cells used in Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation, Gateway Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. notebook computers, are under recall.


About 340,000 batteries are involved in the expanded recall.


The lithium ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers, therefore you should stop using them immediately.


There have been 16 reports of notebook computer batteries overheating, causing minor property damage and two minor burns.


The following lithium ion batteries were sold with, or sold separately to be used with, the following notebook computer models:






























Computer Manufacturer

Computer Model

Battery Model

Fujitsu

LifeBook: P1510, P1510D, P7120, P7120D, S7020, S7020D, C1320D, Q2010,
T4210

CP229720-01, CP229725-01, CP234003-01, CP234019-01, CP255100-01,
CP255108-01, CP267910-01, CP267915-01, CP283030-01, CP293420-01

Gateway

Gateway: CX200, CX210, E100M, M250, M255, M280, M285, M465, M685,
MP8708, NX260, NX510, NX560, NX860, NX100, MX1025, MX6918b, and MX1020j

916C4610F, 916C4720F, 916C4730F, 916C5010F, W230

Sony

Sony VAIO: VGN-FE550G, VGN-FE570G, VGN-T240P, VGN-T250, VGN-T250P,
VGN-T260P, VGN-T270P, VGN-T340P, VGN-T350, VGN-T350P, VGN-T360P,
VGN-T370P

VGP-BPS3A, VGP-BPS2B

Toshiba

Portege: M300, M400/M405, S100/S105

Qosmio: G35

Satellite: R10/R15

Tecra: A2, M3, M4, M5, M6, and S3

PA3191U-4BRS, PA3356U-2BRS, PA3475U-1BRS, PA3191U-5BRS, PA3356U-3BRS,
PA3476U-1BRS



The battery model can be found on the battery’s label.


The computer batteries were sold by Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation, Gateway Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. and through authorized distributors as part of a notebook computer. The computers sold for between $500 and $3000 and the batteries were also sold separately for between $75 and $200, during the following dates:


  • Fujitsu - from June 2005 through October 2006.
  • Gateway - from September 2005 through October 2006.
  • Sony - from December 2004 through October 2006.
  • Toshiba - from September 2004 through October 2006.




    Customers should contact the manufacturer of their notebook computer to determine if their battery is covered by this program and to request a replacement battery. The contact information for the participating manufacturers is:


  • Fujitsu - (800) 8FUJITSU or www.computers.us.fujitsu.com/battery
  • Gateway – (800) 292-6813 or www.gateway.com/battery
  • Sony – (888) 476-6972 or https://esupport.sony.com
  • Toshiba – (800) 457-7777 or www.bxinfo.toshiba.com



    The CPSC has also prepared a list of safety tips that consumers should follow when using a notebook computer. The list can be found by clicking here.


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