Several computer makers are recalling about 100,000 Sony laptop batteries after at least 40 reports of the defective products overheating and causing burn injuries to consumers. According to this news report, users reported smoke or flames from the batteries. Burn injuries and property damage as a result of these batteries catching fire have also been reported. Companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Toshiba are involved in this global recall.

Sony officials are saying that these particular product defects seem to have been caused by a problem with a production line during October 2004 and June 2005. Sony VAIO notebook computers are apparently not affected by this recall. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 32,000 batteries were being voluntarily recalled in the United States.

About 14,400 Toshiba laptops are also affected by this recall. Consumers are asked to stop using these defective computer batteries right away because they have the potential to overheat and cause serious burn injuries. Sony’s biggest recall of laptop batteries so far was in 2006 when 10 million of the laptop computer batteries were recalled because of fears that they would catch fire. For more information about whom to call or how to take action, consumers may visit CPSC’s Web site where an alert has been posted about these dangerous and defective products.

It is disturbing that a problem about which many consumers had complained, has not been taken care of right away. An overheated computer battery cannot be treated lightly. Many laptop computer users rest the machine on their lap and can suffer serious burn injuries. Recalls of dangerous and defective products must be made promptly. Otherwise, these defective products could end up injuring more unsuspecting consumers. If you or someone you know has suffered serious burn injuries because of these or other laptop batteries, I’d like to hear about it.