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Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (“Toshiba”) recently announced that it was expanding its recall of Toshiba laptops to include certain models sold between July 2013 and November 2016. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall affects 83,000 units of Toshiba Satellite laptops that have the Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in them. Faulty lithium batteries used in products such as cell phones and e-cigarettes have been noted to cause numerous injuries that have prompted the filing of Rhode Island burn injury lawsuits.

How can the Laptops Cause Injury?

Burn Hazards from faulty laptop recallDefective lithium batteries appear to be the cause of the concern for injuries. As was the case in the recent Samsung recalls, there appears that here was a manufacturing problem associated with the batteries which causes them to be unstable and prone to overheating, catching fire and even exploding. Toshiba has stated that the recall will also include Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs that were sold separately and installed as part of a repair as they also may overheat and pose a burn or fire hazard to the consumer. While no injuries have been reported yet due to the defective battery packs, Toshiba has received five complaints of the battery pack overheating and melting.

Which Computers are Effected by the Recall?

A complete list of battery pack part numbers included in this recall can be found on the firm’s website at http://go.toshiba.com/battery. The battery pack has its part number printed on it and begin with G71C (G71C*******), the CPSC website states. The lithium-ion batteries were sold between June 2011 and November 2016. Consumers affected by the recall are instructed to immediately power down their laptops and take out the battery. Toshiba is offering a free replacement for affected battery packs.

Contact an Experienced Rhode Island Burn Injury Lawyer

Rhode Island Burn Injury LawyerIf you or someone you know has been injured by a defective lithium-ion battery, contact one of our experienced Providence injury lawyers located at 390 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-831-8600 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.

Source: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Toshiba-Expands-Recall-of-Laptop-Computer-Battery-Packs

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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