Sony Expands Recall of VAIO Laptop Computer Battery Packs Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
The lithium-ion battery packs can overheat
Sony has announced that it is expanding a recall of VAIO Laptop Computer Battery Packs to include approximately 700 additional units to the 1,700 previously recalled on June 15, 2016. The lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.
This expanded recall involves Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in 18 models of Sony's VAIO Series laptop computers. Sony has expanded the number of affected battery packs under this recall. The Panasonic battery packs were manufactured with the laptop and battery packs were sold separately or installed by Sony as part of a repair. Panasonic battery packs included in this recall have model number VGP-BPS26 and part numbers 1-853-237-11 and 1-853-237-21 printed on the back of the battery pack.
To view the complete list of recalled model numbers for the Sony VAIO laptop computer, click here.
No incidents or injuries have been reported in connection to this recall to date.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs, power off the laptop, remove the battery and follow instructions to obtain a free replacement. Until a replacement battery pack is received, consumers should use the laptop by plugging in AC power only.
Battery packs previously identified as not affected by the June 15, 2016 recall are included in this expanded announcement.
The recalled battery packs were sold at Best Buy, Sony retail stores, other consumer electronic stores nationwide and online at store.sony.com and other websites from February 2013 through October 2013 for between $550 and $1,000 as part of Sony VAIO laptops and for about $170 for battery packs sold separately.
Consumers with any additional questions or concerns can contact Sony Electronics at (888) 476-6988.