The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Japan-based Sony Energy Devices that are used in notebooks sold by Hewlett-Packard (HP), Toshiba and Dell.
The Commission reported that the lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. There have already been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire (10 resulting in minor property damage). Two consumers experienced minor burns.
Approximately 35,000 batteries would be affected by the US recall, with an additional 65,000 batteries sold worldwide. HP is the notebook vendor most affected by the recall, with about 32,000 of its notebooks affected. About 3,000 Toshiba notebooks are affected and only 150 Dell notebooks.