Toshiba Corp. is recalling a small batch of laptop batteries that could overheat and burn users, a company spokesman said Thursday.
About 5,100 Sony Corp.-made lithium-ion batteries are defective, spanning 10 models of Toshiba computers, some of which are essentially the same model but carry a different name in different regions, said Manuel Linnig, Toshiba spokesman in Germany.
The latest recall involves a different type of battery than in September 2006 when more than 8 million rechargeable lithium-ion batteries made by Sony were recalled.
Those batteries, which were in a range of laptops from Apple Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp., Gateway Inc., Sony Electronics Inc. and Toshiba, suffered a defect that could cause them to short circuit. Most recently, one laptop caught fire in May due to a battery that had not been replaced.
In a worse-case scenario, the defective batteries in this latest recall could cause burns to users, as well as damage the computer, Linnig said.
Toshiba plans to put a utility application on its Web site in the next day or so that checks if a laptop is vulnerable and informs the consumer, Linnig said. For those who don't want to download an application, a document will be posted so users can identify their batteries by serial number.