HP Recalls 101000 Laptop Batteries, So Check Yours Now

The episode comes in the aftermath of Samsung's scarring saga with its Galaxy Note 7 phone, which was recalled - twice - past year for explosions caused by battery defects.

While Samsung may have had an few bad months of battery issues, HP has been shipping out defective units for years.

Back in June, HP recalled 41,000 batteries in the U.S. over concerns surrounding overheating, fire and burn hazards.

"The battery bar code is printed on the back of the battery. HP has expanded the number of recalled batteries, which were shipped with notebook computers sold between March 2013 and October 2016", it states.

The recall affects a wide range of laptops using lithium-ion batteries containing Panasonic cells, everything from gaming and professional notebooks on down to general objective machines. Customers with HP laptops are advised to check whether their computer is one of those affected, and if so, to stop using the battery with immediate effect.

HP is recalling more than 100,000 batteries for possible overheating.

HP said that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact the company for a free replacement battery.

It should be noted that if your battery was one of those deemed not affected in the June 2016 recall, that might have changed so you should double check. The batteries included in this expanded recall have bar codes starting with: "6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA".

Those who need replacement batteries can call HP at 1-888-202-4320 or go to the company's website for the recall to see if their notebook is affected. At the same time, though, it urged the technology industry to put a greater emphasis on battery safety.

The CPSC worked with Samsung on the Galaxy Note 7 recall, and it's practically the only way to properly issue a product recall.

  • Aubrey Nash