HP expands recall of notebook computer batteries due to fire hazard

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 14, 2019

HP independently announced the recall expansion on January 17, according to the CPSC, which said that it has only just revealed this information due to the government shutdown, which interfered with its ability to announce the recall itself.

HP expanded their recall of lithium-ion batteries for their laptops on Tuesday because the batteries can overheat and are at risk of causing burns or fire, according to a recall notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). These are being recalled in addition to the 50,000 laptop batteries already under recall by HP.

Prior to the USCPSC announcement, HP in January 2019 set up a website that explains which laptop batteries are affected.

HP expanded their recall of lithium-ion batteries on Tuesday, after eight new reports in the US of overheating, melting or charring, according to a recall notice. Visit the website www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to check if your battery is included in the recall. Replacing them will require HP provide an authorized technician to remove the old, faulty unit and install a new one as the customer can't do it themselves.

The recall is part of a continuing series of batteries being recalled by HP.

"The batteries were sold with or as accessories for select laptops and workstations, including some ProBooks models, the HP x360 310 G2, Pavilion x360 11", the HP ENVY 15, Mobile Thin Clients mt21, mt22, and mt31, and select others. Following this recall expansion, around a quarter of a million laptop batteries have been recalled by HP in a two-and-a-half-year span.

The batteries were also sold separately from December 2015 and December 2018 for between $50 and $90. The updated BIOS places the battery in "Battery Safety Mode" so that affected laptops can be safely used without the battery by connecting to an HP power adapter.

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