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HP Recalls Additional Notebook Computer Batteries
Laptop computer batteries overheating and rupturing has been in the news before, with recalls in May 2009 and May 2010. But last week, Hewlett-Packard expanded the voluntary recall of about 162,600 additional lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers. These recalls now include batteries that consumers previously were told were not included. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a chart with the notebook model number and the battery bar code for consumer reference.
This is the largest recall of batteries, compared with 54,000 and 70,000 batteries recalled in May 2010 and May 2009, respectively. The voluntary recall expansion was due to the company receiving 40 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury and 36 instances of property damage.
HP and its battery manufacturers believe that a specific string of battery packs produced between July 2007 and May 2008 contain a defect that can cause batteries to overheat. Approximately 5 percent of the notebook PCs built during that time are affected.
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