Sony Electronics of San Diego, Calif., is expanding its June 2016 recall of Panasonic battery packs used in Sony Electronics laptop computers.
Another 700 battery packs are being recalled. About 1,700 were previously recalled.
The lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.
No incidents or injuries have been reported.
This expanded recall involves Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in 18 models of Sony’s VAIO Series laptop computers.
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.
Recalled model numbers for the Sony VAIO laptop computer are:
Battery packs previously identified as not affected by the June 2016 recall are included in this expanded announcement.
The battery packs, manufactured in China, were sold at Best Buy, Sony retail stores, other consumer electronic stores nationwide and online at www.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.
What to do
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.
Consumers may contact Sony Electronics toll-free at 888-476-6988 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET) Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.sony.com, click on “Support” and then “Support Alerts” for more information.
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