You may remember, especially if you are an HP laptop owner, the recall of laptop batteries by HP back in June 2016. Yes, you are quite right, the batteries were called back so that there were no exploding or burning hazards caused, just like it happened with Note 7.
The batteries were supplied with HP and Compaq branded laptops as well as being sold separately as accessories, with a total of approximately 48,000 affected units sold in North America alone. "HP has announced, in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer batteries", the company stated. HP said that the recall does not cover all notebooks sold in those lines, however.
It is essential that customers recheck their batteries, even if they did so previously and were informed that they were not affected. This is an expansion of the recall initiated in June 2016, which involved HP's recalling 41,000 batteries.
. The barcodes affected in this expanded recall all start with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA. Those same batteries were also offered as accessory purchases and through support, so you could have more than one if you purchased an extra battery, or received a replacement through a support request.
There has been one report of the battery overheating, melting and charring, leading to about $1,000 in property damage.
According to HP, using the batteries is unsafe. HP did not release a statement about what causes batteries to malfunction and create fire. You can do this by calling HP toll-free at 888-202-4320 or by visiting this page on the HP website.
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