HP battery recall expanded over potential fire hazard risk

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Consumers who checked their batteries in last June’s recall should recheck them again to see if they are affected.

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Following a recall of 41,000 lithium-ion batteries last year, the HP battery recall is expanding its recall in their HP and Compaq notebooks sold in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The expanded recall affects roughly 101,000 units mostly sold in the United States. The batteries in question have the potential to overheat which poses a fire and hazard risk to customers.

This expanded recall involves lithium-ion batteries containing Panasonic cells that are used in HP notebook computers. The batteries are compatible with HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion notebook computers. HP has expanded the number of recalled batteries, which were shipped with notebook computers sold between March 2013 and October 2016. The black batteries measure about 8 to 10.5 inches long, 2 inches wide and about 1 inch high. The battery bar code is printed on the back of the battery. “HP Notebook Battery” and the model number are printed on the battery. The batteries included in this expanded recall have bar codes starting with: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA.

If you are the owner of one of the potentially affected HP or Compaq notebook computers and checked it during the last recall, HP is urging you to check again as this expanded recall includes batteries that were not part of the initial recall. If you had your battery replaced during the last recall, the replacement battery is not affected so there is no need to recheck your battery. To check your battery, you can download the HP Battery Program Validation Utility from the HP website to see if you are affected. If you are, HP will provide a replacement battery free of charge.

Overheating batteries definitely aren’t a new issue, but gained a lot of media attention last year with the Samsung Note7 battery issues and recall. Given the power that companies are trying to compact into smaller and tighter spaces, hopefully, new research can find a safer battery design sooner rather than later.

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  Source: CPSC  Source: HP

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