HP recalls more than 100000 batteries for possible overheating

The recall specifically relates to about 101,000 laptops sold with Panasonic battery cells in laptops under the HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario (they still make those things?) and HP Pavilion brand names.

HP has expanded its voluntary recall of batteries due to fire and burn hazards.

"The battery bar code is printed on the back of the battery".

The notebook computers were sold for between $300 and $1,700, while the batteries were also sold separately for between $50 and $90.

This expanded recall involves additional lithium-ion batteries not included in the previous recall.

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HP recalled 41,000 batteries last June, but a new incident prompted it to recall 101,000 more units.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact HP for a free replacement battery", the notice said. Fortunately, because the batteries are removable, users can still plug in their power adapter to the laptop and continue using their machines. Just take a look at the model number of the battery printed on the bottom of your device and hope it's not one of these: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL, and 6EBVA.

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In the recent years, multiple makers of notebooks and smartphones have run into problems with batteries that overheated, exploded or caught fire.

The company warns users that batteries identified as unaffected by the earlier recall could still be risky. At the same time, though, it urged the technology industry to put a greater emphasis on battery safety. You can do this by calling HP toll-free at 888-202-4320 or by visiting this page on the HP website. The company has estimated that the Note 7 recall cost it about $5.3 billion.

  • Ismael Montgomery