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HP Recalls Another 100,000 Laptop Batteries After Reports of Overheating and Damage (techrepublic.com) 37

HP is continuing its recall of laptop batteries that could pose a risk to consumers. The company has recalled more than 100,000 lithium-ion batteries used in its notebook computers, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall expands one from HP in June, when an additional 41,000 batteries were recalled in the US. From a report on TechRepublic: The affected laptops were said to include a lithium-ion battery containing Panasonic cells that malfunctioned, leading to "overheating, melting and charring and causing about $1,000 in property damage," the US Consumer Product Safety (US CPSC) report said. The batteries in question could have been used in HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion notebook computers. The recalled batteries were in laptops sold between March 2013 and October 2016, the CPSC report stated. Affected laptops could have been purchased at Best Buy, Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club, or another authorized dealer nationwide or online. The average cost of the laptops was between $300-$1700, and the standalone batteries were sold from $50-$90.
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HP Recalls Another 100,000 Laptop Batteries After Reports of Overheating and Damage

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  • That the victim could have been some tech blogger, not necessarily from an Engadget wannabe, just trying out this weird new electronics device that HP accidentally left behind in a restaurant after one of their brainstorming lunches.

    More like suicide blogger, seems to me.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Which Laptop Models?

    • by suutar ( 1860506 )

      perhaps more to the point, from the article: " The batteries included in this expanded recall have bar codes starting with: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA."

  • The more energy they pack, the more damage they are likely to cause when something goes south. Shouldn't there be some kind of national certification / testing program before they are allowed to be put on the market ? Discuss...
    • good luck with that. the R's are now in power and any kind of 'government agency' that does work for The People will get axed and/or have their budgets cut to where they are castrated and can't get anything useful done.

      regulation is a bad word for the R guys. they fail to see that it PROTECTS us. but nooooo. they want to keep selling us fake protection from boggeymen in semi-dark skins who live thousands of miles away and generally are harmless to us.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Oh no.
        They don't "fail" to see that it protects us, don't even try.

        Their bosses - or sometimes even still employees or coworkers (see Cheney) - see that all too well. That regulation is what keeps them from screwing us up the buttocks till we bleed. And. They. Don't. Like. It.

        Never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by malice.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        regulation is a bad word for the R guys. they fail to see that it PROTECTS us

        The problem is regulations cost money. And increased costs mean less profit. Less profit is bad for all the CEOs and all that now in power in government.

    • Wouldn't help because the batteries aren't the problem per se. It's the charging circuitry and charge history. Lithium-ion batteries become unstable if overcharged, or over-discharged and then recharged. Any Li-ion battery which is tested and certified as safe can still catch fire or explode if it's been charged/discharged in an unsafe manner.

      Way back when Li-ion smart phones and laptop batteries first appeared, manufacturers attempted to address this problem by putting the charging circuitry in the b
  • Dude! You're getting an...... HP?!!!

  • Stop trying to make your gadgets so ridiculously thin! Shaving an extra 4 mm off their profiles is not worth failure on this scale! Put some decent cooling in your chassis. Bonus points if you use some of that extra space for a real RAM slot, drive bay, or other modularities you've been quietly removing for the last few years!
    • by Desler ( 1608317 )

      Laptop battery fires have been happening long since before people are making ultrathin laptops

  • CSPC and HP Links (Score:5, Informative)

    by bosef1 ( 208943 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2017 @11:07AM (#53734839)
  • ...not to enter into the market of washing machines [slashdot.org], thanks!

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.