Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif., has now issued a recall for 162,600 batteries for their Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat and rupture, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. This follows a May 2009 recall by HP of 70,000 notebook batteries in both HP and Compaq portables because of a fire hazard. A year later, in May 2010, the company said it was recalling another 54,000.
Since the May 2010 recall expansion, HP has received 40 reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in seven burns, one smoke inhalation injury and 36 instances of property damage.
Consumers should check any batteries they have bought as replacements or spares. HP also is sending letters to customers who may be affected. HP will replace recalled batteries at no cost. Stop using any battery that’s part of the recall.
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