About 70,000 lithium-ion batteries used in Compaq and HP notebook computers were recalled last week by Hewlett-Packard Co., as they could overheat and potentially catch on fire.
The HP laptop battery recall was issued after at least two incidents were reported where the computer batteries ruptured and caused flames to ignite. The fires did not result in any personal injuries, but property damage was reported.
The lithium-ion batteries were sold between August 2007 and March 2008, both separately and together with the following notebook computers:
- HP Pavilion Laptop Battery: for Models dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dv9000, dv9500, dv9700
- Compaq Presario Laptop Battery: for Models A900, C700, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, V6700
- HP Laptop Battery: for Models G6000, G7000
- HP Compaq Laptop Battery: for Model 6720s
When sold together with a computer, the systems retailed for between $500 and $3,000. When sold individually, the recalled notebook batteries cost between $100 and $160.
The potentially defective notebook batteries contain a label on the bottom of the battery, featuring one of the following bar codes (where the “^” represents any letter or number):62940^^AXV^^^^, 65033^^B7U^^^^, 65033^^B7V^^^^, 65033^^BGU^^^^, 65035^^B7U^^^^, 65035^^B7V^^^^, 65035^^BGU^^^^, 65035^^BGV^^^^, 67059^^V8U^^^^, 67059^^V8V^^^^.
Owners of HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario, HP and HP Compaq laptops have been urged to check their battery and remove any defective batteries that have been recalled. A free replacement battery can be obtained by contacting HP at (800) 889-2031 or visiting www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement.
Last year, several different HP laptop model were affected by a notebook battery recall issued for batteries manufactured by Sony Energy Devices Corporation. Aproximately 35,000 lithium-ion batteries used in Toshiba, Dell and Hewlett-Packard notebooks were recalled after reports of at least 17 fires or flames erupting from overheated batteries.
There was also a massive lithium-ion notebook batter recall in 2006 for over 8 million other Sony batteries used in computers sold by Dell, Apple, Lenovo Group and Toshiba.