Toshiba issues major recall of dodgy batteries fitted into laptops

Toshiba has issued a major recall for battery packs sold in certain models of its laptops over fears they may overheat and catch fire.

The tech company announced the recall in a statement posted on their website. It comes just months after they announced a voluntary recall for the same problem with batteries.

The expanded recall affects additional Panasonic battery packs manufactured and used with certain Toshiba laptops sold between July 2013 and November 2016.


“Because there is overlap within the manufacturing dates for the affected battery packs of the January 2016 Recall and the expanded recall, it is critical that all users of affected laptops purchased between July 2013 and the present date promptly check their battery pack to ensure that it is not affected by the expanded recall,” the company said in a statement.

“Users who previously checked and determined that their battery pack was not affected by the January 2016 Recall must now re-check their battery packs.”

“Toshiba sold the affected battery packs with new laptops and as accessories or replacement battery packs in the course of repair. Because there is a possibility that the affected battery packs can overheat, they could pose a burn or fire hazard.”

Toshiba is offering a free replacement for all affected battery packs.

If your battery pack is subject to Toshiba’s recall, you are urged to turn off the laptop and remove the battery pack immediately.

Toshiba says you can continue using your laptop safely by powering the laptop with an AC adapter power until you receive a replacement battery pack.

To see if your laptop is affected click here.