HP Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due To Fire Hazard

May 14, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with Hewlett Packard Co. (HP), announced a voluntary recall of about 70,000 lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

HP and CPSC are aware of two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The notebooks were sold at computer and electronics stores nationwide, and from August 2007 through March 2008 for between $500 and $3000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

Consumers are advised that they should immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request 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. Consumers should only use batteries obtained from HP or an authorized reseller.

Models that can contain a recalled battery include:

HP Pavilion – dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dv9000, dv9500, and dv9700. Compaq Presario – A900, C700, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, and V6700. HP – G6000 and G7000. HP Compaq – 6720s.