Japanese notebook giant Toshiba has issued a product recall of around 41,000 notebooks sold in the US nationwide between August 2009 and August 2010.
The company issued the recall on August 24 for members of its Satellite T135, Satellite Pro T130 and Satellite T135D notebook computer families. The recall is due to what’s being blamed on a faulty DC-input harness.
According to the company, the faulty DC-in harness could in certain circumstances overheat to the point of melting the plastic casework near the DC socket. So far, there have been no reports of injury but Toshiba says the point overheats to a sufficient temperature to pose a burn hazard if the socket or plug is touched when overheated.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Toshiba has received “129 reports of the notebook computers overheating and deforming the plastic casing area around the AC adapter plug.”
The company’s temporary solution is a BIOS update that enables the notebook to tell whether the DC-in harness has failed. If it has, the external power will immediately be switched off, giving you a warning message and allowing you to use what remaining battery power is left. You will need to organise repairs with Toshiba.
BIOS UPDATE LINKS
NOTE: Make sure you get the right BIOS for your notebook.
The models include: Satellite T135D-S1326, T135D-SP2012L, T135-SP2909R, T135D-SP2012M, T135-SP2013L, T135-SP2013M, T135D-S1322, T135-S1330, T135D-S1328WH, T135D-S1328RD, T135D-S1328, T135D-S1327, T135D-S1325WH, T135D-S1325RD, T135D-S1325, T135D-S1324, T135D-S1320, T135-SP2911R, T135-S1312, T135-S1310WH, T135-S1310RD, T135-S1310, T135-S1309, T135-S1307, T135-S1305WH, T135-S1305RD, T135-S1305, T135-S1300WH, T135-S1300RD, T135-S1300, T135-SP2911C, T135-SP2911A, T135-SP2910R, T135-SP2910C, T135-SP2910A, T135-SP2909C, T135-SP2909A
Satellite Pro T130-W1302, T130-EZ1301.
For more details, check the Toshiba website. Those affected should call Toshiba in the US on (800) 457-7777.