HP Recalls Faulty Laptop Batteries That Burst Into Flames

May 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Hewlett-Packard is voluntarily recalling 70,000 lithium-ion laptop batteries that pose a fire hazard, which can damage your computer and even cause personal injuries.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall this week after reports of two batteries overheating and bursting into flames damaging the owners’ laptops.

The defective lithium-ion rechargeable batteries were made in China and are found in various laptop brands, including HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario, HP and HP Compaq. A complete list of affected model numbers and the battery bar code labels are available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website on its recalls page.

The laptops containing the faulty batteries were sold in retail stores nationwide and on Hewlett-Packard’s website from August 2007 through March 2008. The lithium-ion battery packs were also sold separately for prices ranging from $100 to $160.

The CPSC is advising owners of the laptops listed in the recall to immediately remove the batteries from their computers and contact HP for a free replacement. HP has further information on its Battery Replacement Program website.

This marks the second major recall of lithium-ion batteries used in laptops that overheated and burst into flames. Just three years ago, Sony was forced to recall its laptop batteries for serious fire hazards.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports related to the recalled HP lithium-ion batteries.



One Response to “HP Recalls Faulty Laptop Batteries That Burst Into Flames”

  1. Laptops and Accessories on May 16th, 2009 8:59 am

    In the sony case a few years ago, there were many laptop manufacturers that were affected by the issue, not just sonys. I wonder if there are more brands affected than just HP and Compaq this time.

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