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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:

Instructions to check/return your Toshiba laptop/battery:

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

Proposed Class Action Alleges BMW “Comfort Access” Unintentionally Locks Doors

BMW X5 “Comfort Access” Putative Class Action Moves Forward Comfort Access Case: Quick Facts Case: Myers v. BMW of North America, LLC et al Case Number: 3:16-cv-00412 Court: California Northern Nature of Suit: Potential Class Action Lawsuit Date Filed: January 24, 2016 Companies Involved: BMW of North America LLC Vehicles Involved: BMW X5   What is the […]

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NHTSA Investigates Fiat Chrysler Over Dodge “Roll-Away” Threat

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NHTSA Investigates 1 Million Dodge Vehicles Over “Roll-Away” Threat For the second time this year Fiat-Chrysler is under investigation by the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) over alleged incidents of vehicle “roll-aways.” U.S. authorities have once again found that the problems stem from the electronic transmission gear selectors, which have replaced traditional gear-shifters in the […]

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Cuisinart Recalls 8 Million Food Processors; Blade Parts Found in Food

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Cuisinart Recalls 8 Million Food Processors After receiving 30 reports of customers cutting their mouth or sustaining a tooth injury on a broken piece of blade while eating, Conair Corp., the owner of Cuisinart, has announced the largest kitchen-related-appliance recall in American history. The voluntary recall of around 8 million food processors in the United […]

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Yankee Candle Recalls 31,000 Candles; Glass Jars Can Crack When Lit

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These Glass Jars Can’t Take the Heat; Yankee Candle Recalls 31,000 Every day in the United States there are an average of 25 home fires caused by a candle related accident. Last week, Newell Brands, the owner of Yankee Candle, announced that a new line of their three-wick candles cannot only cause a house fire […]

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Autonomous Commercial Trucks Are Currently in Beta Testing: Update for Consumer Advocates & Attorneys

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Last week was the 2016 Autonomous Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco where a host of companies attended and gave presentations about their newly developing autonomous vehicle or self-driving technology. One of the companies that presented at the Symposium was a trucking company called Peloton. Peloton makes technology that connects semi-trucks together while driving on the […]

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NEW PSA SERIES: Your Car May Be Unsafe- How to Protect Yourself & Family

Silent Killers, a new public service announcement (PSA) series designed to inform and educate the public about a spike in recent car safety issues will launch Monday on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. The PSAs address topics ranging from defective airbags to exploding tire risks in high heat. Created by, the web series […]

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