Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

HP Issues Recall of 50000 Laptop Batteries Due to Fire Risk

HP Issues Recall of 50000 Laptop Batteries Due to Fire Risk

HP has recalled batteries in notebook computers and mobile workstations.

"These batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers", said HP. The U.S. CPSC reports that the batteries were sold separately for between $50 and $90. The HP ProBook, HP ZBook, HP x360, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360 laptops are all included on the recall list, and you can check the full list on HP's website.

The batteries in question were also sold as replacements for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or any of the above products, HP says.

And it seems that these affected batteries are sealed within the laptop, meaning their removal and replacement is not a job that the customer can perform.

The batteries can overheat, causing it to melt or char the laptop and items around it.

Among the incident reports were three reports of property damage, totalling US$4,500, as well as one case where a customer suffered a first-degree burn to the hand. Affected batteries were also sold as accessories during the period.

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Hewlett-Packard has issued a voluntary recall on batteries used in more than a dozen laptop models that were sold between December 2015 and December 2017.

HP has issued instructions for using its battery validation tool to check if your laptop is impacted.

In fact, HP is strongly recommending enabling the Battery Safety Mode if the battery fails the validation tests.

This mode will discharge the battery and prevent it from being recharged until the battery is replaced.

"HP's primary concern is for the safety of our customers", the company wrote on its support page.

This is hardly the first time HP has recalled batteries. Instead, they should only be done via authorized service outlets where the batteries would be replaced free of cost.

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