(WVUE) - Sony recalled approximately 1,700 laptop batteries sold in the United States because of a risk that the lithium-ion packs can overheat, leading to fire and burn hazards.
The electronics giant used Panasonic batteries in 18 models of Sony VAIO laptop computers. The recalled batteries were also used in repairs by Sony, as well as sold separately. Customers should look for the model number VGP-BPS26 and part numbers 1-853-237-11 and 1-853-237-21, which are printed on the back of the battery pack. Click here for a complete list of laptops.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recalled batteries were sold at Sony retail stores, Best Buy and other electronic stores nationwide, as well as several websites, between February 2013 through October 2013. The individual battery packs sold for about $170. The VAIO laptops containing the recalled batteries sold for about $550-$1,000. Toshiba also recently recalled Panasonic lithium-ion batteries used in its laptops for a similar issue.
Customers can call Sony at 888-476-6988 for more information.