Make sure to check your HP laptop battery, folks! HP has expanded their battery recall used in the company’s notebook computers after receiving reports that the battery can overheat, melt, and cause a fire.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the company recalled a total of 101,000 batteries. The expanded recall involves lithum-ion batteries containing Panasonic cells that are compatible with HP, Compaq, HP Probook, HP Envy, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion notebook computers.
KIRO 7 News reporter, Graham Johnson, interviewed a woman in Normandy Park, Washington whose computer battery exploded and caught fire. It caused damage in her family’s kitchen.
“The battery just shot straight out of it and that’s the piece that was on fire,” said Cassandra Etherington.
The recalled batteries were shipped with laptops sold at Best Buy, Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club from March 2013 through October 2016, according to the CPSC.
The batteries included in this expanded recall have the bar codes starting with: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA.
CPSC said HP has received one additional report of the battery overheating and melting causing $1,000 in property damage.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries, remove them from the notebook computers and contact HP for free battery replacement. Please note, batteries previously not identified as infected by the June 2016 recall could be included in this expanded recall, according to CPSC.