HP Recalls Batteries for Notebook Computers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
HP has announced a recall on Lithium-ion batteries for HP notebook computers and mobile workstations warning customers that the batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
The technology company is offering to replace affected batteries and told to visit www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable “Battery Safety Mode” if their battery is included in the recall. The website provides consumers instructions on how to initiate the validation utility to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall. These batteries are not customer-replaceable. HP will provide free battery replacement services by an authorized technician.
Customers with concerns or questions can call HP toll-free at 888-202-4320 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit online www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 or www.hp.com and click “Recalls” for more information.
Approximately 50,000 lithium-ion batteries shipped with or sold as accessories for HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), HPx360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11, HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) Mobile Workstations were affected. The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or for any of the products listed above and were sold at Best Buy and other stores and authorized dealers nationwide and online at www.Amazon.com, www.hp.com and other websites. The batteries were shipped in notebook computers and mobile workstations sold from December 2015 through December 2017 for between $300 and $4,000. The batteries were also sold separately for between $50 and $90.
The recall comes after HP received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500 with one report of a minor injury involving a first-degree burn to the hand.
This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.