Consumers Beware: HP Expands Battery Recall
On May 26, HP announced that they were expanding their product recall that began in May 2009 and was expanded once already in May 2010. The recall is now worldwide and involves the lithium ion battery packs sold from July 2007 to July 2008 in several HP and Compaq notebook computers.
Sold both separately and with computers, the batteries have a tendency to overheat and rupture, posing great fire and burn risks to consumers. Since the recall expansion last year, HP has received 40 more reports of overheated batteries. Seven consumers suffered burn injuries, one suffered a smoke inhalation injury, and 36 others were left with property damage from these defective consumer products.
HP urges all customers to immediately stop using their battery packs and remove them from their notebooks. In order to see if your notebook contains a defective battery, check the bar code label attached to the battery. Recalled batteries will have a code corresponding to those identified by HP. To validate your battery, visit http://www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement.
If your battery is indeed defective, HP will replace the pack, worth $100 to $160, at no cost to you. Until your replacement arrives, use the AC adapter to power your computer. Do not use your old battery pack. Even if your battery was not included in last year’s recall, you should check the barcode again to avoid injury and damage.