HP Expands Overheating Laptop Battery Recall

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HP is expanding its laptop battery recall to include another 54,000 lithium battery packs used with Pavilion and Compaq laptops. The tech giant says there is a potential fire hazard. HP started the first recall in 2009.

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest producer of PCs, is recalling an additional 54,000 lithium ion batteries used in laptops after reports surfaced that the batteries are prone to overheating and can catch fire.

HP, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued the additional recall on May 21. The recall involves several models from HP's Compaq and Compaq Presario lines as well as its Pavilion notebooks.

Both HP and the CPSC are recommending that customers who own these laptops remove the battery immediately and contact HP for a replacement pack. HP is replacing the batteries for free.

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