HP battery recall expands: check list here

By Richi Jennings. May 24, 2010.

HP has now recalled 120,000 batteries over the last 12 months. The company just added 54,000 to its list, citing worries over splitting, overheating, and fire. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers catalog critical conflagration concerns.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention Schrödinger's prophet...


    Tony Bradley brings the news:

HP had already initiated a recall of 70,000 similar batteries, but made the decision to expand the recall ... to include an additional 54,000 ... after receiving additional reports of overheating, battery ruptures, and injuries from users.


Even if you have never experienced any overheating issues with your battery, if it is part of the recall you should take advantage of having it replaced. You can ... get a fresh start with a new battery that hasn't had years to deteriorate.

Leslie Katz adds detailz:

The batteries, made in China, can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. ... The recall affects models manufactured between August 2007 and March 2008.


For additional information, visit the HP Battery Replacement Program Web site or call 888-202-4320 between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.

And Michael Kwan ups the hyperbole:

Just when you thought you were safe from exploding batteries, the fire-blasting wonders have risen back to the surface. ... Again. Not good. ... HP has been pretty proactive with its recall process. ... What makes today’s new a little more disconcerting, however, is that the list of recalled batteries continues to grow by the day.


Check the recall website to get yourself a free replacement. You’d hate to come home to a fiery blaze, I assume.

But Michael W. Jones calls it a lesson for manufacturers:

Companies should think twice before deciding to use the absolute low bidder for parts, especially when the source is in China, which seems to be involved in most of the recall stories in the news, at least after you forget about Toyota.

Meanwhile, Emory Kale rolls his eyes at the official advice:

The [Consumer Product Safety Commission] and HP say "you may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives."

  Oh, yeah, don't eat any computer parts if you get hungry, and never ever try and feed your mouse to your cat.

And Finally...

Schrödinger's prophet

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