HP recalls 70,000 batteries due to ”fire hazard”

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:

  • 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.

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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    • dmitriylm
    • 13 years ago

    Because they like money (big surprise right?) and will produce whatever they are paid to do so.

    • tsoulier
    • 13 years ago

    Mine has the numbers that are recalled but , HP says they are fine.

    • bdwilcox
    • 13 years ago

    Lucky-Goldstar (LG) used to be the staple of K-Mart and Caldor (RIP) before they hit it big time. They were much like Cobian is today.

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    Not bad for progress, eh? It was only ten years ago that LG was a very low-end brand and Hyundai’s quality reputation was a running joke.

    • ronch
    • 13 years ago

    A bit off topic, but I think the products with the best price/performance/quality ratio are those from Korea. Japanese products are perhaps the best but command high prices, while China gives us cheap low-quality stuff. Korea on the other hand, has the likes of Samsung, LG, Hyundai and Kia, who, while not always the best, are well-priced and offer solid quality.

    By the way, I’m not Korean.

    • bdwilcox
    • 13 years ago

    If they murdered 70 million of their own people, why do we think they’ll care about us?

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    Maiauw.

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    That’s part of it of course, although some of that occurs in the context that that demand for work vastly outstrips the demand for safe, well-regulated work. Another part is that the standard of living is lower and the available entry-level workforce is enormous, so wages are held down in nearly all of the unskilled and lightly-skilled industries that provide raw material inputs to other industries.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    LOLCATZ? Is that you?

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 13 years ago

    There’s a much lower value placed on life in China than in Western developed countries.

    • Vasilyfav
    • 13 years ago

    Ah, a comment truly worthy of the breed known only as the “ignorant american consumer whore”.

    • Thresher
    • 13 years ago

    Anything for a buck. No scruples and no oversight are a bad combination for safety.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    Hey, the dv2 isn’t in that list. Add “won’t spontaneously combust” to its long list of features.

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 13 years ago

    Things manufactured in China are manufactured there because it’s cheap. When cost is your only consideration, you sometimes lose quality.

    • dmitriylm
    • 13 years ago

    Since even the smallest trace of intelligence has escaped your post, I’ll try and explain this to you in a manner that a rock can understand. There is nothing inherently special about Chinese people that makes their products cheap. They accept a low hourly wage and do whatever work their employers ask of them. So if the suits upstairs ask them to build components using high quality materials, then they will build high quality parts. If they are asked to build crap, then they will build crap. See how that works? It is not hard to get a Chinese factory to build high qualily prdocuts. The hard part is getting the suits at HP and other places to sign for it.

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    Iz cheeeeaaappp.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    ‘one of the bad apples’ huh? I SEE WUT YOU DID THAR

    • acejj26
    • 13 years ago

    Do the Chinese make anything that’s safe? Why do we keep buying their crap?

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