HP once again recalls large number of laptop batteries


Even as Samsung is trying hard put the Note 7 fiasco behind them, news of HP recalling thousands of batteries for overheating has just surfaced.

On Tuesday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission disclosed HP’s recall of more than 100,000 lithium-ion batteries used in laptops. The reason for recall is attributed to possible overheating that can pose “fire and burn hazards.”

Earlier, some 41,000 batteries were recalled in June 2016. Devices affected by the recall include HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion laptops. Many of those sold between March 2013 and October 2016.

The batteries included in this expanded recall have bar codes starting with: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact HP for a free replacement battery,” CPSC’s notice on Tuesday said. “Until a replacement battery is received, consumers should use the notebook computer by plugging it into AC power only.”

The latest recall reportedly affects 101,000 units. Affected laptops could have been purchased at Best Buy, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, or another authorized dealer nationwide or online.

The recall comes in the wake of Samsung’s own botched release of the high-end Note 7. The South Korean giant recently put monthly of speculation by revealing what caused its flagship device to combust.

Samsung was forced to recall all of its 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last fall after consumer complaints that the phones caught fire. It’s investigation with “700 dedicated staff testing 200,000 phones and 30,000 additional batteries” has pointed to a flaw in both batteries used by Samsung for the Note 7.


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