SONY is launching a recall on lithium ION batteries that are being used in some of their VAIO laptop computers. The reason for the recall? Some customers have reported that the batteries can overheat and thus pose a burn or fire hazard. The affected laptops include, from the website:

Panasonic battery packs included in this recall have model number VGP-BPS26 and part numbers 1-853-237-11 and 1-853-237-21. Panasonic battery pack model and part numbers are printed on the back of the battery pack.

Here are the affected model numbers:

  • SVE15132CXW
  • SVE1513KCXS
  • SVE15134CXP
  • SVE1513MCXB
  • SVE15134CXS
  • SVE1513MCXW
  • SVE15134CXW
  • SVE1513MPXS
  • SVE15135CXW
  • SVE1513RCXB
  • SVE151390X
  • SVE1513RCXS
  • SVE1513APXS
  • SVE1513RCXW
  • SVE1513BCXS
  • SVE1513TCXW
  • SVE1513JCXW
  • SVE171390X

If you are in possession of one of these laptop batteries, it is asked that you power off the laptop and follow the instructions as to how to get a replacement battery. To get the replacement, contact or call, 1-888-476-6988 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.  The laptops were sold at Best Buy stores, SONY stores and other retailers from February 2013 through October 2013.