HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

Summary: Owners of Hewlett-Packard laptops might not be too happy about this news. HP is expanding its voluntary recall of thousands of notebook computer batteries.

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Owners of Hewlett-Packard laptops might not be too happy about this news. HP is expanding its voluntary recall of thousands of notebook computer batteries.

Again, the keyword is voluntary. Nevertheless, considering the Lithium-ion batteries cited in the recall have been known to "overheat and rupture," it might not be a bad idea to send the units back in.

Approximately 162,600 individual batteries are being called back, and here's just some of the incidents reported so far:

Since the May 2010 recall expansion, HP has received 40 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury, and 36 instances of property damage.

The batteries in question powered laptops sold between July 2007 and July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. Additionally, standalone battery packs were sold separately for between $100 and $160. Owners of the following computers can mail their batteries back in for replacements. (Click image to enlarge.)

Until the replacements arrive, users will have to rely on AC power.That could prove to be a big nuisance for more mobile users, but it beats possible burns and property damage.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard

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  • RE: HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

    Dang, now I gotta go check my laptop...
    statuskwo5
  • RE: HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

    Yup, I have to check, too. I have a 2007 nc6400 business laptop and even though my notebook model number isn't listed, it still may use one of these batteries.
    ScorpioBlue
  • Power leakage

    I have a DV7 that's about 2.5-3 yrs old. It has an aluminum bezel which if you touch it with your bare skin, it shocks you.
    I don't know whom or how to call as there is never a number for emergencies. And since it is not under warranty, you can't talk to someone it seems without a credit card in hand.
    This is a safety issue of utmost urgency, as weaker people could probably get a much stronger shock, especially if sweating or touch the metal with a minor wound.
    aquariumfishman@...
  • RE: HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

    HP have had this problem for years but have not admitted it - I had a laptop 1 day out of warranty completely melt and HP would not admit a problem and told me it was out of warranty and they would not replace the laptop. Thankfully I had purchased it using American Express and they came through and paid for it - got a check for the full value in 7 days GO AMERICAN EXPRESS YOU ROCK !! and HP-YOU SUCK !!!
    theviewfromabove
  • RE: HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

    I have a model that matches, dv6700, but the battery code is different. So now what?
    trybble1
  • RE: HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

    My few yr old pavilion dv6000 has one of these batteries. The confounding problem is the a/c adapter works about 10% of the time. Thankfully my new laptop which is on loan to friends will be back soon as this one may be out of service for awhile.
    wendyb964
  • RE: HP recalling more laptop batteries due to fire hazards

    Hopefully HP has this figured out and Customers are notified. If the AC adapter doesn't work, you should buy a replacement one.
    Another post on the HP Battery Recall.
    http://www.ebatts.com/blog/post/HP-recalls-batteries-again-044.aspx
    Ebatts
  • HP computers and printers

    HP computers and computer hardware have always been in question as to how well they hold up. That's never been the case with HP printers and <a href="http://www.inkcartridges.com/hp-ink-cartridges">HP ink cartridges</a> and many other quality HP products.
    rctnp6