The lithium-ion batteries in about 70,000 HP and Compaq notebook computers are being recalled because they pose a fire hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today in a statement that there are two reported incidents where the batteries overheated and ruptured, resulting flames and a fire that caused minor property damage but no injuries.
The notebook computers with the batteries in question cover a wide range of models and were sold in computer and electronic stores throughout the U.S. - as well as on hp.com and hpshopping.com - between August 2007 and March 2008. The price ranges were between $500 and $3,000. Battery packs were sold separately for between $100 and $160. The model numbers and specific battery numbers are listed below.
Customers are being instructed to remove and check their batteries. If the battery is subject to recall, customers should contact HP for a free replacement. It is still safe to use the AC power adapter to keep the notebook powered on until a replacement battery arrives.
HP's battery replacement department can be reached online or by calling (800) 889-2031 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
HP and Compaq Notebook model numbers
Battery Numbers (where ^ represents ANY number or letter)