Sony VAIO Laptop Batteries May Overheat, Increasing Risk of Fire

Sony VAIO Laptop Batteries May Overheat, Increasing Risk of Fire
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June 16, 2016

The manufacturer is including about 1,700 battery packs in its recall

Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs used in certain Sony products can overheat and increase the risk of fire and burns, Sony says.

This hazard has prompted Sony to issue a recall for Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in 18 models of Sony's VAIO Series laptop computers. The Panasonic battery packs were also sold separately and installed by Sony as part of repairs.

About 1,700 battery packs are included in the recall.

The recalled products 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.

Panasonic battery packs included in this recall bear model number VGP-BPS26 and part numbers 1-853-237-11 and 1-853-237-21. These model and part numbers are printed on the back of the battery pack. See the release issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for recalled model numbers for the laptops.

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 can use the laptop by plugging in the AC power only.

No related incidents or injuries have been reported.

For more information, consumers can call Sony at (888) 476-6988.