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05/18/09   |   By

Hewlett-Packard Recalls 70,000 Laptop Batteries for Overheating | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced Hewlett-Packard is voluntarily recalling 70,000 lithium-ion batteries that shipped with several models of its HP and Compaq laptops.   According to the CPSC, two separate reports of batteries that  “overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage” but no injuries.

We have reproduced the Consumer Product Safety Commission news release below in its entirety:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2009
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 889-2031CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908HP Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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.

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

Units: About 70,000

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: The firm and CPSC are aware of two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various HP and Compaq notebook computers. Models that can contain a recalled battery include:

  • HP Pavilion Compaq Presario
  • HP Compaq
  • dv2000
  • A900
  • G6000
  • 6720sdv2500
  • C700
  • G7000dv2700
  • F700dv6000
  • V3000dv6500dv6700
  • V3500dv9000
  • V3700dv9500
  • V6000dv9700
  • V6500
  • V6700

The notebook model is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook.

Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through March 2008 for between $500 and $3000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request 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. Consumers should only use batteries obtained from HP or an authorized reseller.

If you’re interested, check our other post on this topic: Fire Hazard – Toshiba America Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, visit the HP Battery Replacement Program Web site here or call (800) 889-2031 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: Sheila Watson at (281) 514-6552 or [email protected]

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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