HP laptop battery alert: We're recalling these models due to overheating fears

HP recalls more PCs after a small number of reports of overheating batteries and a user burning their hand.

HP is recalling some laptop batteries due to concerns that overheating could cause fires and inflict burns.

The company issued the worldwide recall on Thursday, urging customers to check batteries in several laptop and mobile workstation models sold between December 2015 and December 2017.

The affected batteries shipped with certain HP ProBook 64x (G2 and G3), HP ProBook 65x (G2 and G3), HP x360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11 notebooks, and HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) mobile workstations. Some of the affected batteries were also sold as replacements.

In many cases customers won't be able to replace the batteries themselves since the power cells are internal, so HP is covering the cost of installing a replacement via an authorized technician.

The recall affects around 0.1 percent of HP systems sold globally over the past two years, HP told ZDNet sister site CNET.

The US Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) says about 50,000 units are affected.

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Machines affected by HP's battery recall include certain HP ProBook models, as well as other laptops sold between December 2015 and December 2017.

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"HP has received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500, with one report of a minor injury involving a first-degree burn to the hand," CSPC said in a statement.

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HP said it's providing BIOS update to put affected batteries in Battery Safety Mode, which discharges the battery and prevents it from charging until Battery Safety Mode is disabled. Users will still be able to use the device but only when connected to an HP power adapter.

To check whether a battery is affected, HP owners will need to download HP's battery validation utility, which runs the check in about 30 seconds.

This time last year HP recalled 100,000 computers due to overheating batteries, which expanded a previous recall of 41,000 units over the same issues.

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