A large recall of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
About 162,600 additional batteriesâ€”54,000 and 70,000 batteries were previously recalled in May 2010 and May 2009, respectivelyâ€”are involved in this recall. The defective batteries were manufactured in China; imported by Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, California; and sold in computer and electronics stores nationwide and at hp.com and hpshopping.com from July 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.
The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat and rupture, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Since the May 2010 recall expansion, HP has received 40 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury, and 36 instances of property damage.
The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers and include batteries that consumers were informed were not included in previous recalls.
The lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers with the following notebook model number and battery bar codes (^ in the code can be any letter or number) 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:
â€¢ Model Numbers: dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500,
â€¢ dv6700,dx6000, dx6500, dx6700; Battery Bar Codes: 62940^^AXV^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^, 65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^, 65035^^BGV^^^^.
â€¢ Model Numbers: dv9000, dv9500, dv9700; Battery Bar Codes: 65033^^B7U^^^^, 65033^^B7V^^^^, 65033^^BGU^^^^, 65033^^BGV^^^^.
â€¢ Model Numbers: A900, C700, F500, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, V6700; Battery Bar Codes 62940^^AXV^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^, 65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^, 65035^^BGV^^^^.
â€¢ Model Numbers: G6000, G7000; Battery Bar Codes: 62940^^AXV^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^, 65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^, 65035^^BGV^^^^
â€¢ Model Numbers: 6510b, 6515b, 6710b, 6710s, 6715b, 6715s; Battery Bar Codes: 65000^^B5V^^^^.
â€¢ Model Number: 6520s; Battery Bar Codes: 67150^^AXU^^^^, 67150^^AXV^^^^.
â€¢ Model Number: 6720s; Battery Bar Codes: 67059^^V8U^^^^, 67059^^V8V^^^^.
Consumers should immediately remove the batteries from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall. Consumers who had previously checked their batteries and were informed they were not included in previous announcements are urged to check again. 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.
For additional information, visit the HP Battery Replacement Program website at www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement or call (888) 202-4320 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Central Time (CT), Monday through Friday.