HP recalls notebook batteries

Hewlett-Packard is recalling 15,700 notebook batteries which, it says, may prove to be a fire hazard. The recall, which is world wide, related to batteries which were manufactured in China in January 2005.

The alert was issued by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission following reports that HP has received 20 reports of batteries overheating, including two in the US. There has apparently been one minor burn injury and eleven cases of minor property damage. A fault in the manufacture could cause the battery overheat, melt or char the plastic case, posing a burn and fire hazard.

The batteries have been used in both HP and Compaq notebooks in the model series: dv1xxx and ze2xxx in the HP Pavilion range, nx48xx in the Compaq range, and V2xxx and M2xxx in the Compaq Presario range.

This is not the first time that HP has had to recall its batteries. A similar recall happened whenHP recalled 135,000 batteries last year. Neither is the problem confined to HP. Other companies including Apple and Dell have been affected by similar problems.

Anyone who thinks their equipment might be affected should visit HP’s Battery Replacement Programme.

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