WASHIGNTON, DC (KAIT) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, CA have announced a voluntary recall of Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers due to fire and burn hazards.
According to CPSC, the recalled batteries can overheat and rupture presenting fire and burn hazards to HP and Compaq notebook users. This recall adds approximately 162,600 batteries to 2 previous recalls of 54,000 and 70,000 batteries in May 2010 and May 2009, respectively.
The CPSC says the batteries are used with the following notebook model numbers and barcode numbers (Not all batteries matching the bar codes are being recalled):
The CPSC says the batteries were sold at computer and electronics stores nationwide, on hp.com and on hpshopping.com from July 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000; the battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.
HP has received 40 additional reports of overheating and rupturing batteries since the May 2010 recall expansion resulting in seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury, and 36 cases of property damage.
Consumers are asked to immediately remove the batteries from their notebooks and contact the HP Battery Replacement Program on their website or call (888) 202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to confirm that their battery is included in the recall and receive a free replacement battery.
For more information on this recall, go to the CPSC website.