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HP Recalls 70,000 Notebook Computer Batteries Over Fire Hazard

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By David Goguen on May 15, 2009 12:52 PM

About 70,000 Hewlett-Packard notebook computer batteries are being recalled because of a risk that the batteries can overheat and cause fires and burn injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today.

The affected lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used in certain models of HP and Compaq computers -- including HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario models -- sold at computer and electronics stores nationwide, from August 2007 through March 2008 (battery packs were also sold separately), according to CPSC.

See the CPSC News Release for complete details on the affected notebook computers, including specific notebook model information and bar code labels to look for.

CPSC says it is aware of two incidents in which the recalled batteries overheated and ruptured, causing small fires and minor property damage.

The federal safety agency is advising consumers to immediately remove any recalled battery from their computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the HP Notebook PC Battery Pack Replacement Program

Battery recall announcements prompted by overheating and fire risk are not all that rare for owners of laptop computers, as CNET News reports, noting a few high-profile stories that have made headlines in recent years: a recall of over 100,000 Sony batteries in late 2008, and a massive 2006 recall that involved more than 7 million laptop batteries.