Toshiba Corp. announced a recall of 41,000 laptop computers today. 129 consumers have reported overheating and/or deformation of the plastic around the AC adaptor plug, where it plugs into the computer, according to Toshiba.
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), Toshiba is recalling notebook models: Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130. The affected computers will have model numbers that begin with: PST3AU, PST3BU, or PST3LU. Toshiba laptop owners can turn their laptops over and find the model name and number on the bottom.
The laptop computers were sold at electronic stores and other retailers, both off and online, for $600 to $800. Of the 129 reports, two consumers reported minor burns, another two reported minor property damage.
Affected consumers are requested to download a bios update at: http://laptops.toshiba.com/about/consumer-notices, which will check the computer for the overheating problem. If found, the external power option will be disabled and a message will appear on the screen asking the user to contact Toshiba for a free repair.