HP notebook batteries recalled

Hewlett Packard is recalling 70,000 lithium ion batteries on several of its Compaq branded and HP notebooks.

The Chinese made lithium ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to people.

The models in question, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission are shown in this table below.

HP Pavilion Compaq Presario HP Compaq
dv2000 dv6700 A900 V3700 G6000 6720s
dv2500 dv9000 C700 V6000 G7000
dv2700 dv9500 F700 V6500
dv6000 dv9700 V3000 V6700
dv6500 V3500

Batteries that may be affected have specific serial numbers, details of which can be found on the CSPC site, here. People with batteries in the range should immediately take the battery out and contact HP for a replacement. No one has been injured, according to the CSPC. The most spectacular pictures of batteries exploding came in 2006, when the Inquirer, a British web site, obtained pictures of a Sony laptop going up in flames.

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