CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has announced the third recall of notebook computer rechargeable batteries.

On Thursday, AAFES issued a recall notice for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in VAIO notebook computers because they can overheat and pose fire hazards. The Sony-brand computers now join IBM’s Thinkpads and Dell notebooks on the list of products containing rechargeable batteries under recall.

All three laptop computer brands use batteries made by Sony Energy Devices Corp. of Japan, according to the recall notices. AAFES is advising consumers to stop using the affected batteries and contact the computer manufacturers for further instructions and for free replacement batteries. Consumers also are advised to use their laptop only with AC adapters until the batteries are replaced. AAFES reported that there have been 16 reports of the batteries in VAIO laptops overheating, causing minor property damage and at least two minor burns. The Sony battery models were VCP-BPS3A and VGP-BPS2B and were used in 12 different VAIO models.

For detailed information on the VAIO battery recall, visit

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