Published On: Sun, Jan 29th, 2017

HP Recalls 101,000 Laptop Batteries Due To Fire Concerns

The PC manufacturer Hewlett Packard HP is recalling around 101,000 lithium-ion batteries used in the company’s range of laptops. The company asked owners of certain laptop models to send their batteries in for a replacement to make sure the device do not catch fire. The recall is an expansion from the 41,000 recalled back in June. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission claims that affected batteries could over heat “posing fire and burns hazards.”

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Affected laptops include the Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion laptops sold between March 2013 and October 2016, the company wants to get these laptops from users to check their lithium-ion battery.

Users of any laptops that start with barcodes 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL or 6EBWA, should contact the company for a free replacement of battery.

The CPSC notice unveiled that HP has received an “additional report of battery overheating, melting and charring and causing about $1,000 in property damage.”

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact HP for a free replacement battery,” according to the notice adding that until customers get their batteries changed, they should only use the notebooks by plugging them into AC adapters.

Overheating reports seem to be limited compared to the numerous incidents of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploding, catching fires and causing damage last year. A HP spokesperson revealed that less than 1 percent of laptops sold during the time frame were affected. HP says it has received one additional report of a battery overheating, causing about $1,000 of property damage. This isn’t the first time HP has been affected by fire-related recalls. HP was forced to recall six million laptop cords back in 2014, due to reports of overheating.

Note 7 exploding taught us something that it was the Lithium-ion batteries are prone to catch fire, overheating and burst, so it’s best if HP users take this notice seriously and replace their affected laptops.