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Toshiba Recalls 190K Panasonic Lithium-Ion Batteries Over Fire Hazard

Toshiba Recalls 190K Panasonic Lithium-Ion Batteries Over Fire Hazard

Panasonic Lithium-Ion Batteries Can Overheat; Toshiba Recalls 190K

After a long 2016, U.S. consumers are used to hearing about Lithium-ion battery problems leading to laptops overheating, smartphones going up in flames, hover boards burning riders, and electronic cigarettes exploding in people’s pockets. In the latest recall of the troubled Lithium-ion battery, which powers the vast majority of the world’s wireless devices, Toshiba has announced the expansion of their recall from March 2016 over defective Panasonic Lithium-ion batteries found in many of their laptops. U.S. Authorities have now reported at least five incidents of a battery melting. The units were manufactured in China by Panasonic, a Japanese corporation, and imported by Toshiba’s American subsidiary in California.

Fortunately, at the time of the recall no injuries have been reported, but the batteries can allegedly overheat, melt, and potentially create a fire hazard. The recall now affects 189,000 batteries in 41 models of Toshiba’s satellite laptops sold in North America from June 2011 to November 2016. The laptops were sold online at Toshiba’s website and at national retailers like Office Depot and Staples from $500 to $1,000. Backup Panasonic battery packs were also sold through the same channels for $70 to $130.

 

Overheating Lithium-Ion Laptop Batteries

 

In June 2016, HP, Sony, and Compaq each recalled some of their own laptop computers with Lithium-ion batteries because of the same overheating and fire concerns. That HP recall affected more than 40,000 batteries that were also made by Panasonic. Those laptops were sold across the country at Walmart, Costco, and Best Buy. In 2014 Panasonic issued their own series of Lithium-ion battery recalls that affected over 300,000 units worldwide, primarily found in their Toughbook tablets and Notebook computers.

Owners of a recently recalled Toshiba laptop are being told by authorities to remove the defective Panasonic Lithium-ion battery immediately to avoid the risk of injury and property damage. Consumers can still use their laptop, but only by plugging directly into AC power. To obtain a free replacement battery Toshiba has launched a website devoted to the recall (see below).

List of affected Toshiba laptop computers: https://batterycheck.toshiba.com/BatteryUpdate/ModelList?region=TAIS&lang=en&country=US

Instructions to check/return your Toshiba laptop/battery: https://batterycheck.toshiba.com/BatteryUpdate/ManualCheck?region=TAIS&lang=en&country=US

To contact Toshiba’s recall program by phone call: (866) 224-1346

Exploding E-Cigarette Litigation

Exploding E-Cigarette Litigation

E-cigarettes continue to pose a severe hazard to consumers, with more than 2,000 burn and explosion injuries occurring between 2015-2017 alone. And those numbers are definitely lower than the actual occurrences: there is no centralized database for reporting e-cigarette explosions, so academics had to cobble these figures together from various sources. We’ve seen the rise […]

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E-Cigarette and Vape Explosion Injury Lawyer

E-Cigarette and Vape Explosion Injury Lawyer

From 2015 to 2017, there were 2,035 e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries treated at US hospital emergency departments, a 2018 study estimates. E-cigarette explosions are expected to increase and have caused serious, permanent injuries and at least one death. If you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding e-cigarette, you could be […]

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What Do You Need To Know About Recalled Exploding Samsung Batteries?

What Do You Need To Know About Recalled Exploding Samsung Batteries?

If you bought a Samsung cellphone any time in the last few years, there are a few things you need to know about recalled exploding Samsung batteries: The lithium-ion battery in your Samsung phone may overcharge and explode. These phones have caused severe burns and property damage. The Issue with These Dangerous Samsung Phones The […]

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E-Cig Battery Fire Lawsuits on the Rise

E-Cig Battery Fire Lawsuits on the Rise

25 years ago litigation involving exploding BIC lighters was fought against BIC by consumer justice lawyers across the country. The BIC lighters, which were alleged to randomly explode, were the subject of numerous cases where children and consumers were horribly burned. The litigation was particularly ugly, with brutal discovery fights and allegations of discovery abuse. […]

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Best Buy Recalls Over 5,000 ATG Replacement Batteries For The MacBook Pro Due To Fire and Burn Hazards

Best Buy Recalls Over 5,000 ATG Replacement Batteries For The MacBook Pro Due To Fire and Burn Hazards

Over the past few months, the CPSC has issued numerous recalls due to fire and burn hazards, including the massive recall of 355,000 Optimus Portable Infrared Radiant Quartz Electric Space Heaters. The heaters, which were sold at Best Buy Market Place and other retailers, feature a design that can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that may come in contact with the unit.

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Energizer Batteries Pose Burn Threat; 130,810 XBOX ONE Chargers Recalled

Energizer Batteries Pose Burn Threat; 130,810 XBOX ONE Chargers Recalled

Overheating batteries continue to plague both manufacturers and the consumers who purchase wireless technologies. Defective batteries that power laptops, smartphones, hoverboards, and most recently XBOX ONE video game controllers, have led to millions of products deemed unsafe by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. After learning of 24 alleged incidents of their batteries “overheating and deforming […]

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2-Year-Old Ashanti Hughes Becomes First Fatality Connected to a Hoverboard Fire

2-Year-Old Ashanti Hughes Becomes First Fatality Connected to a Hoverboard Fire

Last week on March 11th, tragedy struck the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania after a charging hoverboard allegedly overheated and sparked a fire that spread throughout a family’s home. The fire, which quickly engulfed the entire house, claimed the life of 2-year old Ashanti Hughes. To make matters worse, Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe, a firefighter on route […]

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