HP Recalls Laptop Batteries For Overheating Risk

HP recalls computer batteries over fire risk

HP laptop batteries overheating leads to recall

"We are taking immediate action to address this issue including a voluntary recall and replacement of the batteries".

HP has announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer and mobile workstation batteries.

The firm says (via Digital Trends): "If the validation process identifies a battery as being eligible for replacement, the BIOS update should be applied, and the system should be rebooted". Batteries for some of these are not replaceable by users, but whatever the case, HP says it will handle getting a safe battery into owners' devices.

The issues came to HP's attention after eight customers reported battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, according to the recall.

The machines affected represent 0.1% of HP's computers sold globally between December 2015 and December 2017. "For this reason, it is extremely important to check whether your battery is affected", HP said in a message posted on its website. HP released the table below showing which models are prone to the fault.

If this story has provoked a certain degree of déjà vu in your mind, that's probably not surprising, given that at the start of a year ago, HP issued a battery recall due to fire risk concerns. HP strongly recommends accepting Battery Safety Mode so that the notebook or mobile workstation can be safely used by connecting to an HP power adaptor.

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