Several recalls were announced this week, including two involving products meant for children.
The latest list includes:
Panasonic battery packs used in Toshiba laptop computers
Items recalled: Toshiba issued a recall of Panasonic lithium-ion battery backs in 39 models of Toshiba Portege, Satellite, and Tecra laptops. Some of the affected battery packs were sold separately or installed by Toshiba during a repair.
Why: The battery packs can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards. There have been four reports of the battery packs overheating and melting.
More details: Around 91,000 units are affected by this recall, including 10,000 in Canada. The affected battery packs were sold at electronic stores nationwide, including Office Depot and Staples, as well as online at Toshibadirect.com and other websites. The battery packs were sold from Jun. 2011 through Jan. 2016. The affected laptops cost between $500 and $1,000 while the individual battery packs cost between $70 and $130. No injuries have been reported to date.
The company's website provides directions on how to perform a manual check to see if a laptop is part of the recall. If so, consumers are advised to power off the laptop, remove the battery, and follow the provided instructions to receive a free replacement battery pack. Laptops should be plugged into AC power only while awaiting a replacement. Read more about the recall here.