HP recalls batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations

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Nearly one year ago to the day, a whopping 101,000 lithium-ion cells used in various HP notebook computers were similarly deemed a serious fire and burn hazard, extending on a recall program initiated in June 2016 which sought to replace an additional 41,000 batteries.

HP is recalling 50,000 computer batteries because of reports of overheating. The affected batteries were shipped or sold with HP's ProBooks, HPx360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11, HP ZBook, and the HP Mobile Workstations. HP will provide battery replacement services for each verified, affected battery at no cost. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the recall on its site, detailing that about 50,000 batteries are affected in the US, adding that an additional 2,600 faulty batteries were sold in Canada.

Batteries in a number of laptops from HP are overheating, and thereby pose "a fire and burn hazard to customers". Three of those customers also reported property damage totalling $4,500, and one reported a first degree burn on their hand.

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Note that this is only the recall of the batteries and not the laptop itself. The company has also claimed it's just about a single percentage point of all laptops it has sold that has been found to have a defective battery.

Full details of the recall are available on the official website, along with a Windows utility to check the installed battery. That will prevent the battery from overheating. In a blog post, HP has put out instructions on how to enable "Battery Safety Mode" in case a battery is included in the recall. While in "Battery Safety Mode", the laptops can still function safely while connected to an HP power adaptor. HP is providing free replacement batteries. The batteries can not be replaced by customers themselves, the recall noted.

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