Media Release

Notebook Batteries Recalled for Fire and Burn Hazard

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 12:00 AM




12:10 p.m. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.


Name of Product: Lithium-Ion Batteries used in Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Dell Notebook Computers


Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices Corporation, of Japan


Hazard: These lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.


Incidents/Injuries: There have been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire (10 resulting in minor property damage). Two consumers experienced minor burns.


Description: The recalled batteries were included with, and sold separately for use in, the following notebook computer models:


Hewlett-Packard - sold from December 2004 through June 2006

Toshiba - sold from April 2005 to October 2005

Dell - shipped between November 2004 and November 2005


Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer, and contact their computer manufacturer to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. Consumers should only use batteries obtained from their computer manufacturer or an authorized reseller.


For additional information, consumers should contact the manufacturer of their notebook computer:


Hewlett-Packard Co. -  

Toshiba -  

Dell -




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