For a third time, Hewlett-Packard Co. expanded a recall of its laptop batteries for HP and Compaq notebook computers -- this time, 162,600 batteries are affected -- after continuing to receive reports of the batteries overheating and burning consumers.
The computer giant announced the recall expansion on May 27 through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. HP had previously recalled laptop batteries in May 2009 and May 2010. In all, 286,000 lithium-ion batteries have been recalled.
The CPSC said since May 2010, HP has gotten 40 more reports of batteries overheating and rupturing -- with seven consumers suffering burns, one suffering a smoke inhalation injury and 36 reporting property damage.HP told consumers on its recall site that it opted to expand the recall because the company identified more batteries through its suppliers.
Included in the recall are laptop batteries for HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario, HP and HP Compaq computers. The CPSC lists the notebook model numbers and the battery bar codes. The computers were sold nationwide and online from July 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs, which were manufactured in China, were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.
Consumers are urged to check their laptop batteries even if they had previously checked them and they weren't impacted by previous recalls. If the battery has been recalled, immediately remove it from the laptop and use the AC adapter to power the computer.
Consumers can contact HP for a replacement battery by calling (888) 202-4320 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.
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