Toshiba has today urged owners of its laptops equipped with the faulty battery to seek replacements, following another report involving a Toshiba's notebook that cought fire.
The announcement comes just a year after the IT industry was rocked by a spate of laptop fires caused by faulty Sony batteries,
On September 28, 2006, Sony announced a global
replacement program for a number of battery packs supplied to
computer makers, Toshiba among them. Toshiba is participating
in the program and offering its customers free replacement of
the battery packs identified by Sony.
On May 24, 2007, a Toshiba portable computer with a Sony
battery pack caught fire. Toshiba asked Sony to
investigate. The investigation confirmed that the cause of
the fire was the battery pack, as in other incidents reported
earlier. This incident followed another that occurred
this April in Japan, also involving an unreplaced battery
"Toshiba recognizes the importance of this situation and is
determined to make every effort to assure the safety and
comfort of its customers. Accordingly, the Company is now
embarking on a new round of efforts to encourage customers to
check their PCs and to get the battery replaced if it is on
the list," reads Toshiba's announcement.
The list with the affected portable computers equipped with with affected battery packs is available here
The affected Sony battery packs will be replaced free
of charge, Toshiba said.