HP recalls an additional 101,000 laptop batteries over fire and burn hazards

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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HP last June recalled more than 40,000 lithium-ion notebook batteries due to fire and burn hazards after receiving seven reports of battery packs overheating, melting or charring. On Tuesday, HP voluntarily expanded the recall to include an additional 101,000 batteries that also pose a risk to consumers.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the expanded recall involves lithium-ion batteries containing Panasonic cells used in batteries compatible with HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion notebook computers sold between March 2013 and October 2016.

HP said affected models were sold online at www.hp.com and at Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart and other authorized dealers nationwide. Recalled batteries were also sold separately, we’re told.

To determine if you have a faulty battery, simply check the barcode printed on the back of the battery. Batteries included in the expanded recall have barcodes starting with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA.

The CPSC said batteries previously identified as not being affected by the June 2016 recall could be included in this expanded recall.

If you have a battery that is part of the recall, you should immediately stop using it (remove it from the computer) and reach out to HP for a free replacement. In the interim, users are urged to use their system only when plugged into a power source.

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Uncle Al

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So HP is the new Samsung? I think the Ford Escape has a long way to top their old Ford Pinto ...... the legendary "fireball on wheels"
 
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Trillionsin

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How long did this recall take? Tell the guy flipping out over how long it took Samsung to file with the CPSC after the first Note 7 blew up. lmao *cough*mrbrowne*cough*
 

texasrattler

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Y'all do realize battery recalls like this are very normal and even common. A few years ago HP, Toshiba and another company, maybe Dell, all combined for 500,000 battery recalls in like the same year.

This was voluntary as is most with cases like this and the ones in the past. It's done this way so that no one, not even the FCC can fine them as they did this voluntarily instead of being forced to.

The real down side to all these battery recalls like this and Samsung and the ones from the past is that QUALITY TESTING still need to get done. It's clearly obvious that is simply being overlooked or not even being done.
Sad that Consumer Agencies do absolutely nothing about as this has happened many times before and still keeps happening.