HP Recalls 15,700 Laptop Batteries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and computer maker Hewlett-Packard has issued a worldwide recall of about 15,700 laptop batteries shipped with some HP and Compaq systems after receiving reports the batteries can overheat, posing a risk of injury and fire.

HP says it has received 20 reports of batteries overheating, although only one minor burn injury has been reported. Eleven cases resulted in minor property damage. Two reports came from the United States.

The recalled batteries are a subset of batteries manufactured in January 2005 and sold in HP and Compaq notebook systems through December 2005. The affected batteries have a bar code label starting with L3. HP and Compaq notebook models which may contain a recalled battery are:

  • HP Pavillion Family: dv1xxx, ze2xxx
  • HP Compaq Family: nx48xx
  • Compaq Presario Family: V2xxx, M2xxx

Users should stop using “L3” batteries immediately and contact HP to determine if their particular battery is part of the recall. HP will provide free replacements for all recalled batteries.

Consumers can visit the HP Battery Replacement Program Web site; HP can be contacted by phone at 888/202-4320 between 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. U.S. Central Time, Monday through Friday.