Consumer Product Safety Group Asks Sony To Recall Batteries

Sony voluntarily recalls 340,000 batteries due to possible fire hazard.

Sony Corp., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntarily recalled 340,000 batteries on Monday.

The rechargeable, lithium ion batteries containing Sony cells can be found in notebook computers sold by Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp., Gateway Inc., Sony Electronics Inc., and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.

These batteries can overheat, causing a potential fire hazard to consumers.

The CPSC is recommending that consumers stop using the batteries immediately unless otherwise instructed. Batteries will be replaced at no cost to the customer. Users should contact the notebook computer manufacturer to determine if the battery should be replaced.

The manufacturers' contact information is:

Fujitsu - www.computers.us.fujitsu.com/battery 
Gateway – www.gateway.com/battery 
Sony – http://esupport.sony.com/battery 
Toshiba – http://www.bxinfo.toshiba.com/ 

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