Fire risk forces HP to extend laptop battery recall


Fire risk forces HP to extend laptop battery recall

Jenny Williams

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."

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.

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