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Hewlett-Packard HP & Compaq Notebook Battery Recall

April 20, 2006, Hewlett-Packard announced another Notebook battery recall due to risks of fire hazards and potential property damage. Over 15,000 batteries and 4,000 recalled batteries in the U.S. with L3 bar code label.

October 14, 2005, Hewlett-Packard Company announced the recall of about 135,000 Notebook Computer Batteries world wide, with an estimated 85,000 in use in the U.S. alone. Used on both HP and Compaq branded Notebook computers, an internal short can cause the battery to overheat and melt or char the plastic case posing a burn risk to consumers.

HP has received 16 reports of batteries overheating, including four in the U.S. No injuries have been reported. Four cases of minor property damage were reported, including one in the U.S.

The recalled lithium ion rechargeable battery packs are used with various HP and Compaq notebook computers (see list below). The recalled battery packs are a subset of those manufactured March 2004 through September 2004, and will have a bar code label starting with GC, IA, L0 or L1.

HP Notebook Laptops with Recalled Batteries:

(2006 recall in bold)
HP Pavilion - dx4000 dx5000 zd8100 ze4100 ze4100/xt1xx4200 ze4200 ze4300 ze4400 ze4500 ze4600 ze4700 ze4800 ze5155 ze5200 ze5300 ze5400 ze5500 ze5600 zv5000 zv5200 zx5000 zx5200 dv1000 ze2000

HP Compaq - nc6000 nc8000 nw8000 nx5000 nx9005 nx9008 nx9010 nx9100 nx9105 9000 9005 nx4800

Compaq Presario - 1100 2100 2500 R3000 R3200 V1000 X4000 X5000 X6100 V2000 M2000

Compaq Evo - n1010v n1050v

Manufactured in China and Taiwan these systems and batteries were sold through national and regional computer and electronics stores, online stores, and from March 2004 through May 2005 for between $1,000 and $3,000. The battery packs also were sold separately for between $100 and $130.

Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact HP to arrange for a free replacement battery by visiting the Battery Replacement Program Website or by calling HP. After removing the recalled battery for their notebook computer, consumers should plug in the AC adapter to power the notebook until a replacement battery arrives.

HP Notebook Battery Recall in the News

Consumer Product Safety Commission announces new recall of HP Notebook batteries due to risks of fire hazard. About 15,700 batteries worldwide and 4,100 in the U.S. have been reported to overheat and melt the plastic casing, with risks of fire damage. Recalled batteries are used in HP Pavilion, HP Compaq, and Compaq Presario Notebook Laptops. (Apr-20-06) [CPSC]

Hewlett-Packard recalls 135,000 HP and Compaq Notebook battery packs worldwide, with 85,000 in the U.S. These lithium ion rechargeable battery packs are prone to overheat, causing potential fire hazard and property damage. (Oct-14-05) [CPSC]

Register your HP Notebook Battery Complaint

If you or a loved one has suffered from burns or property damage due to a notebook battery on an HP or Compaq system, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible HP lawsuit. Please click the link below to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your HP complaint.

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I use the computer for my at-home business and for my online college classes. I have had to turn down work assignment and withdraw from classes because of the damaged computer.

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My laptop overheated so quickly that it has burnt a very ugly patch (scar) on my leg.

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I spend more time getting the computer repaired than I do using it. I've had to repeatedly send this computer in for repair for overheating. It comes back with everything wiped. I have to reinstall all of the lost software and re-establish my internet connection. This is only to have the PC crash again a few months later due to overheating, and have to repeat the process all over. I spend less time getting any work (I am a writer) or recreation out of the computer than I do on the phone with HP tech support begging them repeatedly to service my computer, waiting for the shipping box to arrive, sending it back, waiting for it to come back, and reinstalling everything all over again.

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The Back of my HP Laptop started smoking really bad, and the power supply source on the back of my laptop was melted and my whole laptop burnt up. My laptop wont turn on at all, because of the damage. I recieved really minor burns from the heat on my upper leg area, but is healed now.

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My HP laptop started hissing and blowing out smoke in my face, within a couple of seconds the whole room was full of smoke. I flipped it over and the batteries exploded out of the bottom landing throughout the room. They were glowing red and hissing too. There were two other explosions from them sending shrapnal on the walls ceiling and me. I have a severe 3rd degree burn on my wrist and have had a migraine ever since, and am experiencing blurred vision and a ringing in my ears.


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