If you thought you were safe buying a notebook after the 2006 battery recall epidemic, think again. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and HP have announced a recall of 70,000 batteries from newer HP- and Compaq-branded notebooks.
The recall can affects the following notebook models, which were all sold between August 2007 and March 2008 at prices ranging from $500 to $3,000:
Judging by the wording of the CPSC announcement, though, not all batteries in those systems are affected (and some batteries were sold separately). The recall announcement page includes a list of identifying model numbers for the batteries themselves. Those Chinese-made lithium-ion batteries can purportedly "overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers," and the CPSC advises that users "stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed."
If you have one of the bad apples, you can get in touch with HP either at (800) 889-2031 or through the HP Battery Pack Replacement Program page.
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