Recalls are becoming a regular event nowadays and Hewlett-Packard have just expanded its worldwide recall of faulty lithium ion batteries found in some HP and Compaq notebooks. An additional 54,000 units have been added to the recall.
A report on cnet.com by Leslie Katz states that the batteries which are made in China, may overheat and pose a burn or fire risk to consumers. The recall originally began in May 2009 after two cases of batteries that “overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage”.
This resulted in a recall that affected 70,000 batteries, but since then HP received 38 other cases of faulty batteries, which have resulted in 31 reports of minor property damage with 11 cases of minor injury.
The models affected by the recall were manufactured between August 2007 and March 2008. The units were sold at electronic and computer stores, as well as online stores hpshopping.com and hp.com.
It is advised that customers stop using their unit straight away until they know if it’s one of the affected lines. Use the link above to find out the model numbers affected.