HP Recalls 100000 Laptop Batteries Due to Concerns of Overheating

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If you bought an HP laptop in the last four years you might want to make sure it's not included in the recall.

Alternatively, an easy way of determining whether you have an affected battery is to use a validation utility available from HP.

The United States Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a massive recall of HP and Compaq computer batteries this week that includes more than 100,000 laptops. One incident caused about $1,000 worth of damage, presumably not including the actual laptop that went up in flames.

The expanded recall involves lithium-ion batteries containing Panasonic cells that are used in HP notebook computers.

HP is expanding the recall of several laptop models over concerns that the lithium-ion batteries used can overheat and catch fire. Those that are part of the expanded recall have bar codes starting with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA.

"Customers may continue to use their notebook computer without the battery installed, by connecting the notebook to external power".

It warns consumers to immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact HP for a free replacement battery.

It appears as though HP has expanded the recall after receiving just one additional report of an overheating battery.

In the U.S., users can call HP customer service at 1-888-202-4320 to request a replacement battery. Canada toll-free at 1-888-202-4320 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm CST Monday to Friday.

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In fact, the CPSC on Tuesday gave Samsung a pat on the back for its accountability in the recall.

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