HP Expands Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard


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..and in more HP news, those of you with HP Notebooks might want to check out the list of affected computers in this battery recall..

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers

Units: About 54,000 (70,000 units were previously recalled in May 2009)

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.Hazard: The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Since the May 2009 recall, HP has received 38 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured resulting in 11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage.

Description: The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers. 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.

                   Notebook
                     Model                  Battery Bar Codes (^ in the code
                    Number                    can be any letter or number)
                                          62940^^AVX^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^,
                                          65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^,
  HP Pavilion     dv2000, dv2500, dv2700  65035^^BGV^^^^
                  dv6000, dv6500, dv6700
                  dx6000, dx6500, dx6700
                                          65033^^B7U^^^^, 65033^^B7V,
                  dv9000, dv9500, dv9700  65033^^BGU^^^^
                                          62940^^AVX^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^,
                                          65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^,
  Compaq Presario A900                    65035^^BGV^^^^
                  C700
                  F500, F700
                  V3000, V3500, V3700
                  V6000, V6500, V6700
                                          62940^^AVX^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^,
                                          65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^,
  HP              G6000, G7000            65035^^BGV^^^^
  HP Compaq       6510b, 6515b           65000^^B5V^^^^
                  6710b, 6710s
                  6715b, 6715s
                  6720s                  67059^^V8U^^^^, 67059^^V8V^^^^

Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the batteries referenced above from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked). Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. HP recommends that only batteries obtained from HP or an HP authorized reseller be used with HP notebook PCs.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, visit the HP Battery Replacement Program website at http://www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement or call (888) 202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Photos available at www.cpsc.gov

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

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