updated 02:15 pm EDT, Thu September 2, 2010
Toshiba Satellite T130, T135 recalled
Toshiba, together with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, have issued a voluntary recall of its T130 and T135 13.3-inch notebook PCs due to a possible risk of fire. The exact products that are potentially affected include the Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite Pro T130 notebooks. About 41,000 examples sold worldwide are covered under the recall.
The hazard involves a potential overheating at the notebook's AC adapter power plug. Toshiba has collected 129 reports of the notebooks overheating and deforming the plastic around the power plug. Two of these included minor burn injuries that didn't require medical help, but two other reports involved minor property damage.
Owners of the affected model can check if their device is affected by downloading a new BIOS update. The software will check if the notebook is overheating and disable the external power port, while displaying a message to bring the notebook to Toshiba for a free repair.