Check your HP laptop batteries

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard, yesterday announced a voluntary recall of Lithium-Ion batteries used in select HP and Compaq laptops.

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The recall includes around 70,000 units that can potentially overheat, “posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers”.

HP-branded notebooks that can contain a recalled battery include the HP Pavilion dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dv9000, dv9500, and dv9700, as well as the HP G6000 and G7000.

Affected Compaq models include the Presario A900, C700, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, and V6700, and the HP Compaq 6720s.

Batteries that can be subject to the recall have one of the following bar codes:

62940^^AXV^^^^ 65033^^B7U^^^^
65033^^B7V^^^^
65033^^BGU^^^^ 65035^^B7U^^^^
65035^^B7V^^^^
65035^^BGU^^^^
65035^^BGV^^^^ 67059^^V8U^^^^
67059^^V8V^^^^

The US CPSC says consumers should immediately remove the recalled battery from their laptop and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery.

The laptops with the recalled batteries were sold at various stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through March 2008. The battery packs were also sold separately.

HP and CPSC are aware of two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in fire that caused minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

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