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HP Recalls 203,000 Laptops Over Battery Fires

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HP has said that it must recall 70,000 batteries in the U.S. following incidents that saw two machines overheat and catch fire.

In coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, HP yesterday announced a voluntary recall and replacement program for battery packs used in certain models of the company's laptops. The CPSC said it had received two reports of the batteries catching fire due to overheating and while no one was injured, the Commission has instructed owners of affected models to stop using them immediately.

Affected machines were sold between August 2007 through March 2008. For a list of affected models, see below. HP is instructing consumers who may be part of the recall to remove the battery from their notebook and contact  to find out if theirs is affected. HP says it will provide a free replacement battery.

The problem affects 70,000 batteries in the US, however, according to a report in The Register, the worldwide count of affected batteries comes to a total 203,000. Citing an HP spokesperson, The Register reports that 82,000 are affecting in the Americas, 35,000 in Asia Pacific and 86,000 in Europe and Middle East and Africa.

Listed below are the models of laptops affected by the recall. However, the CPSC and HP note that not all models listed will contain faulty batteries. To check if you machine is one of the unlucky 70,000 check the bar code label on the bottom of your laptop. If it has one of the labels listed below, then you need to contact HP.

Check out the original announcement from the CPSC here.

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    Anonymous , May 15, 2009 4:38 PM
    This should be in the next Mac laptop hunter spoof. :D 
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    PC_GI , May 15, 2009 4:41 PM
    They need to stop calling them "laptops" before they catch a lawsuit because someone burned their 'down stairs' bissness off.
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    dman3k , May 15, 2009 5:09 PM
    Considering how Apple also recalled 2 million batteries on the MacBook...

    Oh hey, Apple never has any problems!!!
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    dextermat , May 15, 2009 5:15 PM
    1 thing: don't buy DELL, HP, EMACHINE.... crappy computers
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    kamkal , May 15, 2009 5:22 PM
    FireIsPrettyThis should be in the next Mac laptop hunter spoof.


    Yea they could go along with the macbooks/ibooks whose batteries expand...
    which then leads to not being able to close the laptop until the batteries 'cool down' and go back to original size..

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    unlicensedhitman , May 15, 2009 5:28 PM
    HP laptops aren't that crappy, I like how I can turn on/off the touchpad anytime I want by pushing the button just above the touchpad.
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    DeadCheckR , May 15, 2009 7:05 PM
    dextermat1 thing: don't buy DELL, HP, EMACHINE.... crappy computers


    If you buy the consumer line of products I would agree. However, their Business level machines through the channel are a different story.
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    starryman , May 15, 2009 7:13 PM
    Sony is hoping they didn't manufacture the batteries.
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    Uncle Meat , May 15, 2009 9:57 PM
    PC_GIThey need to stop calling them "laptops" before they catch a lawsuit because someone burned their 'down stairs' bissness off.


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    eddieroolz , May 15, 2009 10:14 PM
    Holy crap, I might have had a model that had a faulty battery! 12 cell too! Potentially double the explosion o_O

    Thank god I replaced it now..
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    Luscious , May 16, 2009 12:42 AM
    Glad my zd7000 is still working and didn't need to upgrade to one of those models.
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    apache_lives , May 16, 2009 1:10 AM
    HP, you suck

    First nvidia issues now this? what next?
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    anamaniac , May 16, 2009 4:30 AM
    Ha.

    Long live the desktop!
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    solymnar , May 16, 2009 3:02 PM
    It just floors me that battery overheating keeps on cropping up in laptops for the last few years.

    Sony...apple...dell...hp

    Wtf are the engineers doing?

    "Well gollie mr manager we just kinda expected that our laptops would sorta mystically not suffer the same problems as others despite having near identical conditions of operation and battery/battery environment."

    Seriously...if you saw a bunch of dams fail...and you looked at yours and noticed it was built increadibly similarly...wouldn't you...just maybe... want to redesign it to avoid a similar fate?
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    mdillenbeck , May 16, 2009 7:48 PM
    UnlicensedHitmanHP laptops aren't that crappy, I like how I can turn on/off the touchpad anytime I want by pushing the button just above the touchpad.

    Yup, some nice stuff - but some real crap stuff too. Why have laptop makers abandoned hardware sound controls? (Can't turn my sound down or off until it blares the windows logon music - drat!) Also, my TX2120US does not have a Security Key - so I have to open it and use the keyboard. *grumble*

    Overall, I give HP a "slightly above average" design grade. However, I do like how you can get a complete parts manual from online. HPs are no "magic black box" if you want to hack it. :) 
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    dextermat , May 16, 2009 8:19 PM
    you have an HP laptop. Im sure you do, I smell something burning :p 
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    cabose369 , May 17, 2009 3:59 AM
    starrymanSony is hoping they didn't manufacture the batteries.


    Sony did manufacture those batteries... the DV2xxx, DV6xxx and DV9xxx series HP's batteries were mainly manufactured by Sony. Recently for the new DV4-xxxx, DV5-xxxx, DV6-xxxx and DV7-xxxx did they switch to LG batteries.
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    manicmalki , May 18, 2009 3:52 AM
    Score my wifes battery is going out and in the recall list. Teee heee saves me some money for bubble gum and hookers
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    PC_GI , May 18, 2009 4:19 PM
    manicmalkiScore my wifes battery is going out and in the recall list. Teee heee saves me some money for bubble gum and hookers


    There is nothing better then bubble gum and hookers. ha ha