Hewlett Packard (HP) expanded the recall of the batteries for HP and Compaq notebook computer batteries due to fire and burn hazards the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Tuesday.
In June 2016, 41,000 batteries were recalled, and now 101,000 additional lithium-ion batteries, including some previously identified as not affected in June 2016 are included in the recall. The batteries are inside notebook computers purchased between March 2013 and October 2016, for between $300 and $1700. The notebooks were sold at Best Buy, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club and other authorized dealers nationwide and online at www.HP.com. Some of the batteries were also sold separately for $50-$90.
The batteries are compatible with HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion notebook computers. The recalled batteries are black batteries measure approximately 8- 10.5” long and 1” high. A barcode is printed on the back of the battery. “HP Notebook Battery” and the model number are printed on the battery. The batteries included in this expanded recall have bar codes starting with: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL, and 6EBVA.
Since the initial recall, HP has received one additional report of a battery overheating, melting, and charring. The reported incident caused approximately $1000 worth of property damage. Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computer and contact HP for a free replacement battery. Consumers should use the notebook by plugging in the AC power only.
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