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Consumer Alert: HP Recalls Thousands of Laptop Batteries

by Winston Sih | May 27, 2010May 27, 2010 1:35 pm PDT

Hewlett-Packard is recalling 54,000 lithium-ion batteries distributed through HP and Compaq’s fleet of computers after receiving multiple reports of injuries from overheating batteries.

The recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday and elaborates on an earlier recall including 70,000 batteries of the same type.  The earlier recall was put into action after two reports of overheating.  HP has since received 38 additional reports causing 11 minor injuries.  Minor burning was caused when the computers were being handled, according to CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson.  

Batteries rupture if they’ve been plugged in too long and have been overcharged.  The batteries don’t have a way to regulate excess heat and a solution is being worked on.  The recall is comparable to the recall in 2006 and 2007 with nearly 10 million models of Sony batteries being used by almost every major PC manufacturer.

HP claims that the computers were sold in stores and online from August 2007 through July 2008.  As well, the batteries were sold separately.

Consumers must remove the battery and contact HP to determine if the battery was included in the recall.  If so, a free replacement battery will be provided.

More information is available at the CPSC website here.


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