ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PRODUCT SETTING ON FIRE. This time round it's HP in the hot seat, with the firm announcing an additional 101,000 laptop batteries over fears that they could overheat and cause damage.
HP last year issued a recall of around 40,000 batteries, warning users' of affected laptops that they might end up with a scalded lap.
The firm this week announced that it's recalling an additional 101,000 laptop batteries after receiving a further report of a battery overheating, melting and charring, in an incident which caused about $1,000 in property damage.
This secondary recall involves batteries containing Panasonic cells that are used in HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion laptops. Affected batteries will carry a bar code that starts with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL or 6EBVA.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a notice about the recall and is advising affected users to stop using affected products immediately.
"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact HP for a free replacement battery. Until a replacement battery is received, consumers should use the notebook computer by plugging it into AC power only."
HP has also pushed out a statement, adding: "On January 24, in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, HP is announcing the expansion of a June 2016 worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer batteries.
"This recall involves HP lithium-ion battery packs for notebook computers sold worldwide from March 2013 through October 2016. Less than 1 per cent of all HP notebook computers sold during this timeframe contained an affected battery."
Those who need replacement batteries can call HP at 1-888-202-4320 or go to the company's website for the recall to see if their notebook is affected.
HP is no stranger to a recall. As well its first laptop battery recall in June 2014, two years prior the firm was forced to recall six million laptop chargers over fears they could radically heat up laps homes, laps and insurance policies. µ
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