HP Expands Recall Of Notebook Batteries

A large expansion of a prior recall of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">lithium-ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers is being implemented by importer Hewlett-Packard Company of Palo Alto, California, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just announced.

About 54,000—which is addition to the 70,000 units previously recalled in May 2009, is being implemented because the recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Since the prior recall, HP has received 38 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured resulting in 11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage.

The following notebooks are involved. The computer model number is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook computer. Not all batteries matching the bar codes are being recalled and ^ in the code can be any letter or number:

HP Pavilion in Notebook

• Model Numbers dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dx6000, dx6500, and dx6700 and Battery Bar Codes 62940^^AXV^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^, 65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^, and 65035^^BGV^^^^

• Model Numbers dv9000, dv9500, dv9700 and Battery Bar Codes 65033^^B7U^^^^, 65033^^B7V^^^^, and 65033^^BGU^^^^

Compaq Presario:

• Model Numbers A900, C700, F500, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, and V6700 and Battery Bar Codes 62940^^AXV^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^, 65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^, and 65035^^BGV^^^^

HP:

• Model Numbers G6000, G7000 and Battery Bar Codes 62940^^AXV^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^, 65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^, 65035^^BGV^^^^

HP Compaq:

• Model Numbers 6510b, 6515b, 6710b, 6710s, 6715b, 6715s and Battery Bar Codes 65000^^B5V^^^^

• Model Numbers 6720s and Battery Bar Codes lithium-ion batteries 67059^^V8U^^^^, 67059^^V8V^^^^

The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which were manufactured in China, are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers. The computers were sold at computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com, and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the involved batteries from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked). Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. HP recommends that only batteries obtained from HP or an HP authorized reseller be used with HP notebook PCs. The HP

Battery Replacement Program Website can be reached at http://www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement. HP can be reached by telephone at (888) 202-4320 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

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