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HP battery recalls reach 120,000

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 May 2010 0:08 User comments (2)

HP battery recalls reach 120,000 Hewlett-Packard has announced that it has added at least 50,000 new batteries to its worldwide recall list, adding to the already huge 70,000 number it began recalling in May 2009.
The lithium-ion batteries found in 31 of HP's laptops can potentially overheat and then split apart, which could lead to fires.

Two instances of just that were noted in an initial report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Since then, 38 more reports have surfaced. Of those reports, there were "11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage."

The laptops affected are from the HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario, HP laptops, and HP Compaq lines.

Recalled batteries come from laptops purchased between August 2007 and March 2008.

Despite the seemingly large number, HP says only 3 percent of all notebooks manufactured during the period are affected.

Says the company: "Consumers should immediately remove the batteries referenced above from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked). Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery."

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2 user comments

124.5.2010 21:19

Again? I know it sounds easier said then done, but's isn't it time now that we start using a different way to store energy besides lithium-ions, it's not just HP that has had problems with these batteries overheating or exploding.

225.5.2010 3:17

It is not the battery technology, it is the corner-cutting. Li-On is the best battery for everything from cell phones to powertools to Hybrid cars...you just have to do it right.

Only 3% of the batteries sold with the devices on the list are problematic...and they all come from the same shady battery maker. If these batteries were made by Duracell, we would never hear complaints...but when you use a crummy keyboard to save $0.20, then you also buy the cheapest batteries available, regardless of source or quality.

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