Toshiba Corp., has started a voluntarily recall of about 41,000 laptop computers that have been affected with an overheating problem that could even melt the case of the computer and possibly burn. The Japanese PC maker has received 129 reports of overheating notebooks, which have caused two minor burn injuries to the users, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.
The models, which are part of the recall, are the Satellite T135, Satellite T135D, and Satellite ProT130 notebook computers, which had been sold from August 2009 through August 2010, and retailed for between $600 and $800.
The US and Canadian government officials also confirmed the problem and said that the notebooks can overheat when they are plugged in to charge.
“The notebook computers can overheat at the notebook’s plug-in to the AC adapter, posing a burn hazard to consumers,” US Product Safety Commission said.
The company is directing customers with affected device to a page on its Website to download a BIOS update. It will detect whether the computer is overheating, disable the notebook computer’s external power and display a message telling the owner to contact Toshiba for a free repair.