Tuesday HP announced a recall of 101,000 laptop batteries due to overheating and fire risk. If you remember correctly, Samsung’s Note 7 had a similar problem of overheating and causing either an explosion or fire hazard. While the Note 7 recall is more prominent, HP’s recall should cause more alarm for consumers.
The affected units include HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP Envy, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion notebooks. These devices were shipped in the US, Canada, and Mexico between March 2013 and October 2016. Yes, since 2013! You could have had one of these fire hazards in your laptop for years now and not even known it.
Laptop owners should look at their batteries to see if they’re apart of the recall. If they start with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL or 6EBVA, then they should remove the batteries and contact HP for a free replacement.
The voluntary recall follows “one additional report of the battery overheating, melting and charring and causing about $1,000 in property damage,” according to an announcement posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.
Lithium-ion batteries are extremely dangerous chemical reactions, with dozens of devices have been recalled because of battery issues. Tell us in the comments below what you think about the HP laptop!