HP recalls over 101,000 faulty laptop batteries for free replacement

Technology - Himanshu Gill - Jan 27,2017

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hp recalls over 101000 faulty laptop batteries for free replacement

Leading PC maker Hewlett Packard (HP) has voluntarily recalled over 101,000 of its laptop batteries due to the possibility that they may overheat and catch fire.

This recall was announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) and is concerned with several of HP’s laptop notebook computer models that were sold in the US between March 2013 and October 2016.

These are lithium-ion laptop batteries and can be found in six different types of HP laptops, namely HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, Compaq Presario, HP Pavilion and HP ENVY. The USCPSC, however, cited the only reported accident that occurred from the faulty batteries involved a battery that overheated and melted, resulting in property damage of $1000.

The affected batteries can also be identified by their battery bar code numbers which can be spotted on the back of the batteries. Affected batteries would have one of the following barcodes printed on them - 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6DEMH, 6DGAL, 6CZMB, 6DEMA and 6EBVA.

HP has directed its customers to the steps to follow on its website, advising them not to re-insert the batteries as they can continue using their laptops by plugging them into the AC power cable.

These laptops were sold at prices ranging from $300 to $1,700. Notably, the batteries were also sold separately, so it is important for customers to check the barcode of any replacement laptop batteries.

HP’s announcement has come after the company’s previous battery recall in June last year that affected 41,000 batteries.

HP said that it is cooperating with several government regulatory bodies for the recall. The company added that less than 1 percent of all HP laptops it sold during the timeframe lasting more than three years had an affected battery. The replacement will be provided free of cost.