HP recalls laptop batteries for overheating...again

Randall Craig
January 6, 2018

HP Inc., is recalling 50,000 batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations because there's a chance they could burst into flames.

HP has announced a recall of thousands of laptop batteries over concerns of overheating and fire hazard.

This follows eight reports of lithium-ion batteries overheating and/or melting, and in one case causing a first-degree burn to someone's hand, with three further cases citing resulting property damage (presumably caused by fire, of course) to the tune of $4,500.


The recalled batteries, which were manufactured in China, were sold from December 2015 until last month in various retail stores and online.

The batteries in question were also sold as replacements for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or any of the above products, HP says.

If this story has provoked a certain degree of déjà vu in your mind, that's probably not surprising, given that at the start of previous year, HP issued a battery recall due to fire risk concerns. The website also has instructions for customers to initiate the validation utility to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall. Numerous affected batteries are not customer replaceable, so will have to be replaced by HP technicians, the company said in a statement about the recall. HP released the table below showing which models are prone to the fault. "HP strongly recommends accepting Battery Safety Mode so that the notebook or mobile workstation can be safely used by connecting to an HP power adaptor".

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