The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with the Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) have announced a voluntary recall of the lithium-ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers. These batteries can overheat and can pose a fire and burn hazard to users.
A recall was issued in May 2009. However, since then HP has received 38 additional reports of batteries overheating and rupturing. There have been 11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage.
Since the batteries are used with various HP and Compaq models, consumers can visit the following website to see if their model notebook computers:
The notebook computers were sold at computer and electronics stores in the U.S. from August 2007 to July 2008 for between $500-$3,000.
Consumers are urged to remove the battery and contact HP to determine if their battery is recalled. All consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery.