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HP Recalls 54,000 Laptop Batteries Over Potential Fire Hazards

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Do you remember the laptop battery recall farce that roped in {story links} Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Apple, Dell, Panasonic and finally Hewlett Packard? Well HP has been roped in again...

Following the 70,000 laptop batteries it recalled in May last year for posing "a potential safety hazard to customers" the new Palm owner has now announced a global recall of over 54,000 batteries for machines sold between August 2007 and July 2008. HP Pavilion, Compaq Evo, Compaq Presario and HP Compaq branded models are all affected and represent a "program expansion" of the original recall rather than the discovery of a new problem.
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"HP and the battery manufacturers believe that certain battery packs shipped in some notebook PC products may pose a potential safety hazard to customers," said HP in a statement. "The batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard."

Answering the most obvious of questions: Why didn’t HP identify all of the affected battery packs before last May's announcement? The company simply responded: "HP conducted further investigations with our suppliers that identified additional battery packs."

The good news is affected customers will be eligible to receive a replacement battery pack for each verified, recalled battery pack at no cost and given batteries degrade over time your two/three year old laptop may be just about to get its stamina back. A full list of affected laptop models and detailed battery removal and return instructions can be found at the link below.

Let's hope this is the last of them...

Link: HP Notebook PC Battery Pack Replacement Programme

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