HP faces another laptop battery recall

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HP faces another laptop battery recall

Simon Quicke

A year after it first had to announce a battery recall Hewlett-Packard is having to renew its call for users to return more products that are at risk of overheating.

Because of a risk of some lithium-ion batteries in laptops overheating and causing a fire the vendor had already recalled thousands of batteries but now has to call in an additional 162,600 that were manufactured for the vendor in China.

The announcement came via the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which said that even after two recalls in May last year and in 2009 there had continued to be reports of overheating and ruptured batteries.

"Consumers should stop using products immediately unless otherwise instructed," stated the safety body.

"Since the May 2010 recall expansion, HP has received 40 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury and 26 instances of property damage," it added.

HP has not been the only vendor that was hit by battery recalls with Packard Bell and Fujitsu both encountering problems at the back end of 2009.
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