The recall was issued through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and affects some 1,400 laptop computers. So far, there have been three complaints outside the US of models with overheating batteries, but none of the incidents caused injury, according to the CPSC.
"Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries and contact Toshiba to receive a free replacement battery," the agency urged.
Owners of one of the affected Toshiba models can download the diagnostic utility to see if they are eligible for a free replacement battery.
Over the past couple of years Toshiba and other laptop manufacturers have been affected by Sony’s bad portable batteries. In September last year it was forced to recall 340,000 faulty batteries after two laptops caught fire during operation. Last month another 10,000 batteries were recalled.