HP has extended a recall of laptop lithium-ion batteries in some HP and Compaq notebooks.
Further to a recall in May 2009, HP expanded the recall and said affected Li-ion battery packs could overheat and cause a fire.
In a statement, a HP spokesman said: "Customer service and safety are top priorities for HP. As a result, HP is expanding a previously announced voluntary battery recall and free replacement programme. The expansion includes additional battery packs and one notebook model series."
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HP advised customers to visit the programme website to check laptop model numbers.
"Customers who had validated their model number and battery pack due to previous recall announcements should re-validate their battery pack," HP added.
"HP fully stands behind the products it makes and has taken a proactive approach to this situation to ensure the safety of our customers and the integrity and quality of our products," HP continued.
The US consumer product safety commission said, since a recall in May 2010, HP received 40 reports of batteries overheating and rupturing, which caused a handful of burn and smoke inhalation injuries. A total of 36 instances of property damage were reported.
A total of 162,600 HP batteries were recalled in 2010 and 2009.
In 2006, Sony recalled battery packs manufactured for some Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba and Apple notebooks. As a result, Dell recalled over four million notebook laptop batteries in response to concerns that batteries were overheating and catching fire.