Sony Expands Recall of VAIO Laptop Computer Battery Packs Due to Burn and Fire Hazards (Recall Alert)

Name of product:
Panasonic battery packs used in Sony Electronics laptop computers

Hazard:
The lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.

Units:
About 700 (In addition, about 1,700 units were previously recalled on June 15, 2016)

Description:
This expanded recall involves Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in 18 models of Sony’s VAIO Series laptop computers. Sony has expanded the number of affected battery packs under this recall. The Panasonic battery packs were manufactured with the laptop and battery packs were sold separately or installed by Sony as part of a repair. Panasonic battery packs included in this recall have model number VGP-BPS26 and part numbers 1-853-237-11 and 1-853-237-21 printed on the back of the battery pack. Recalled model numbers for the Sony VAIO laptop computer are:

       Sony VAIO Series laptop computer model numbers
SVE14A1 SVE14A2
SVE14A3 SVE1413
SVE1511 SVE1512
SVE1513 SVE1513APXS
SVE1513BCXS SVE1513JCXW
SVE1513KCXS SVE1513MCXB
SVE1513MCXW SVE1513MPXS
SVE1513RCXB SVE1513RCXS
SVE1513RCXW SVE1513TCXW
SVE15132CXW SVE15134CXP
SVE15134CXS SVE15134CXW
SVE15135CXW SVE151390X
SVE1712 SVE1713
SVE171390X VPCCA1
VPCCA2 VPCCA3
VPCCB1 VPCCB2
VPCCB3 VPCCB4
VPCEH1 VPCEH2
VPCEH3 VPCEJ1
VPCEJ2  

Incidents/Injuries:
None reported

Remedy:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs, power off the laptop, remove the battery and follow instructions to obtain a free replacement. Until a replacement battery pack is received, consumers should use the laptop by plugging in AC power only.

Battery packs previously identified as not affected by the June 15, 2016 recall are included in this expanded announcement.

Sold At:
Best Buy, Sony retail stores, other consumer electronic stores nationwide and online at www.store.sony.com 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.

Manufacturer(s):
SANYO ENERGY (Suzhou) CO, Ltd. of China, Panasonic subsidiary

Importer(s):
Sony Electronics, Inc., of San Diego, Calif.

Manufactured In:
China

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