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HP recalls 70,000 laptop batteries

HP recalls 70,000 laptop batteries

HP has issued a voluntary battery recall for 70,000 lithium-ion batteries that it claims are a potential fire hazard following two separate incidents where the batteries caught fire.

HP has issued a voluntary battery recall for around 70,000 litium-ion batteries that it claims are a potential fire hazard.

The recall comes after there were two separate reported incidents where the batteries overheated and ruptured, resulting in a fire that caused minor property damage. No injuries were reported according to the announcement from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The laptops affected by the recall include models from the Pavillion, Presario and Compaq ranges and includes 21 models in total. HP also said that the batteries had been sold separately as well. If you purchased a laptop with one of these batteries, or a separate replacement battery, between August 2007 and March 2008 then HP advises you to validate your battery to see if its affected by the recall. If it is, HP will offer a free replacement in exchange for the potentially hazardous one.

We hoped we had heard the last of the endless slew of battery recalls during 2007 and 2008, which saw millions of batteries returned to nearly all of the major notebook manufacturers. HP said that this particular recall is not related to any previous battery recall, but it neglected to mention the manufacturer of the affected batteries. It did however note that they were manufactured in China.

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leexgx 15th May 2009, 15:16 Quote
sony bats agane?
Matticus 15th May 2009, 15:18 Quote
Well I am trying to find out if my parent's laptops' batteries are in the recall but the validation won't work, I keep getting an error. So I could set on fire any minute now.
perplekks45 15th May 2009, 16:59 Quote
Get the marsh mellow ready for Matticus!!! :p

Gonna check my girlfriend's laptop, or better, get her to check it.
HourBeforeDawn 15th May 2009, 19:49 Quote
Do you think Sony does this on purpose to increase their sales lol
sui_winbolo 15th May 2009, 20:04 Quote
Wow, I'm utterly surprised....that my batteries are not included in this recall.

I was hoping I could get two new batteries.
Otto69 15th May 2009, 20:28 Quote
In other news, displays are recalled due to radiation emitted that makes men using the computers as real "laptops" sterile..... :)
naokaji 15th May 2009, 21:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Otto69
In other news, displays are recalled due to radiation emitted that makes men using the computers as real "laptops" sterile..... :)

They should give those away for free, solving the overpopulation problem one laptop at a time:D
HourBeforeDawn 16th May 2009, 00:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Otto69
In other news, displays are recalled due to radiation emitted that makes men using the computers as real "laptops" sterile..... :)

same goes for cell phones but the way our population is getting out of hand maybe its a good thing lol.
ssj12 16th May 2009, 03:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
Do you think Sony does this on purpose to increase their sales lol

are these Sony's batteries though?
HourBeforeDawn 16th May 2009, 04:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
Quote:
Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
Do you think Sony does this on purpose to increase their sales lol

are these Sony's batteries though?

probably they seem to be the only company that gets recalls most of the time from other computer companies lol
B1GBUD 16th May 2009, 17:56 Quote
Oh dear, looks like i've got about 30 laptops to inspect.......... ruddy heck
Jokkocze 16th May 2009, 23:53 Quote
Oh great, I've got to send my battery back. My usual luck
MajestiX 17th May 2009, 06:49 Quote
or force it to ignite and claim out of court settlement

win$$$win$$$
dicobalt 17th May 2009, 20:20 Quote
I am sick of battery recalls. I just use this rule of thumb: If you have a laptop expect it to catch on fire. This has been a message from your friendly laptop/netbook hater. Thank You :)
kosch 18th May 2009, 13:24 Quote
Sod that I'm more worried about my Blade enclosures catching fire until I get the PSU's replaced.

http://www.sysadmintales.com/2008/10/02/hp-c-class-blade-enclosure-advisory-c01519680/
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