CPSC Recall: HP Recalls More Notebook Computer Batteries; Injuries Reported

05/27/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Palo Alto, CA — Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has expanded its recall of Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers to include about 162,600 additional batteries (54,000 and 70,000 batteries were previously recalled in May 2010 and May 2009). The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary product recall on May 27, 2011, for fire and burn hazards the batteries pose.

The product recall was enacted after discovering that the lithium-ion batteries can overheat and rupture, which poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Since the 2010 recall expansion, HP received seven injuries, one smoke inhalation injury and 36 reports of property damage.

“The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers and include batteries that consumers were informed were not included in previous recalls. The chart below includes all notebook model numbers associated with batteries recalled to date. The computer model number is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook computer. Not all batteries matching the bar codes are being recalled,” reported the CPSC.

Notebook model numbers and battery bar codes involved in this recall can be found at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11234.html.

Consumers are advised to contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall. Those with a recalled battery will receive a free replacement battery. If you had previously checked your batteries and were informed they were not included in previous announcements are asked to look at their batteries again.

For more information concerning the product recall, consumers can visit the HP Battery Replacement Program website at www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement or call (888) 202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

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