Sony Recalls Panasonic Battery Packs

Recalled battery packSony Electronics is recalling 1,700 Panasonic battery packs that were used in Sony’s VAIO Series laptop computers. The lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.

The recalled battery packs were made in China by SANYO ENERGY (Suzhou) CO, a Panasonic subsidiary. They were sold at Best Buy, Sony retail stores, other consumer electronic stores nationwide and online at 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. They were installed in 18 models of Sony’s VAIO Series laptop computers. See the CPSC notice for a list of computer model numbers. The battery packs were also sold separately or installed during repairs. Panasonic battery packs included in this recall have model number VGP-BPS26 and part numbers 1-853-237-11 and 1-853-237-21. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs, turn off the laptop, remove the battery, and follow instructions to obtain a free replacement. In the meantime, the laptops can be used by plugging in the AC power only.

Source: CPSC

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