HP expands recall of notebook computer batteries due to fire hazard

  • HP expands recall of notebook computer batteries due to fire hazard

HP expands recall of notebook computer batteries due to fire hazard

HP expanded its recall Tuesday of batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations due to fire hazards. The CPSC forms part of the U.S. government, which was stuck in a shutdown at the time and therefore sharing of this new information didn't happen on its website immediately. CPSC notes in the Tuesday recall expansion that already, "HP has received eight new reports of battery packs in the US overheating, melting, or charring, including one report of minor injury and two reports of property damage totaling $1,100".

The initial recall in January past year saw 50,000 laptops identified as having a battery issue, with the additional 78,500 laptops now being recalled an expansion of that.

Prior to the USCPSC announcement, HP in January 2019 set up a website that explains which laptop batteries are affected. Since then HP has received more reports of incidents involving its batteries and expanded the recall to include 28,500 more problem products sold. However, it does mean that the company replaces the battery, not the entire laptop, so the distinction matters a lot to them. "The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation, HP ProBook 4xx G5 series, HP ENVY 15, HP Mobile Thin Clients (mt21, mt22, and mt31), or for any of the products listed above". The batteries were sold by HP and its authorized dealers.

As Tom's Hardware reports, HP actually updated the recall in January this year, but not many people heard about it.

This is part of a continuing series of battery recalls from HP. The Jan. 17 recall was for about 51,000 models, but 41,000 were recalled in June 2016 and 100,000 in January 2017, bringing the total for the past two-and-a-half years to nearly a quarter of a million. "However if you have already received a replacement battery, you are not affected by this expansion".

Personal Systems net revenue was up 2 percent year-over-year, even though total units sold declined.