HP and Compaq laptop batteries recalled after overheating

The US consumer product safety commission has announced a voluntary recall of laptop lithium-ion batteries in some HP and Compaq notebooks.

The commission advised:

  • Consumers should immediately remove the batteries from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall
  • Consumers who had previously checked their batteries and were informed they were not included in previous announcements are urged to check again
  • After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives.

Laptops affected (click here for larger table):

HP recalls table2.jpgThe 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 also reported.

HP said the laptops containing the recalled batteries were sold across the US in 2007 and 2008. Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery.

A total of 162,600 batteries were recalled in 2010 and 2009.

Visit HP’s battery replacement programme website for more information.

In 2006, Sony recalled battery packs manufactured for some Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba and Apple notebooks. As a result, Dell recalled over four million of its notebook laptop batteries in response to concerns that batteries were overheating and catching on fire.

Computer Weekly are still awaiting comment from HP on how many laptops (if any) are likely to be affected in the UK.