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article imageHP Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries

By Bob Ewing     May 18, 2009 in Business
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.
The recall, of about 70,000 batteries was issued in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The lithium-Ion batteries are used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
The firm and CPSC are aware of two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various HP and Compaq notebook computers. Models that can contain a recalled battery include: HP Pavilion,Compaq Presario, HP,HP Compaq
The notebook model is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook. Batteries that can be subject to the recall will have one of the following bar code labels (^ in the code can be any letter or number):
62940^^AXV^^^^
65033^^B7U^^^^
65033^^B7V^^^^
65033^^BGU^^^^
65035^^B7U^^^^
65035^^B7V^^^^
65035^^BGU^^^^
65035^^BGV^^^^
67059^^V8U^^^^
67059^^V8V^^^^
Consumers should immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery.
After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. Consumers should only use batteries obtained from HP or an authorized reseller.
For additional information, visit the HP Battery Replacement Program Web site, or call (800) 889-2031 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
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