Hewlett Packard is recalling 70,000 lithium ion batteries on some HP and Compaq-branded notebooks after it emerged that the China-made units are prone to overheating.
The potential dangers of overheating laptop batteries was graphically demonstrated in 2006 when images of a burning Sony laptop were obtained by a UK-based news agency.
In October last year laptop makers including HP, Dell and Toshiba recalled 100,000 Sony-made batteries deemed to pose a fire hazard.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission lists the HP and Compaq models affected.
Owners of these products are advised to remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer immediately. HP said that it will provide details to help customers obtain a free replacement battery.