Company Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries(October
14, 2005 - NEWSdial.com)The
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the
firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following
consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed.
of Product: HP and Compaq Notebook Computer Battery Packs
Units: About 135,000 battery packs worldwide, including about
85,000 in the U.S.
Importer: Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif.
Hazard: An internal short can cause the battery cells to overheat
and melt or char the plastic case, posing a burn and fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: 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.
Description: 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.
Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Notebook Models that may contain
recalled battery pack
and regional computer and electronics stores, online stores,
hp.com and hpshopping.com 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.
in: Battery packs manufactured in China and Taiwan.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately
and contact HP to arrange for a free replacement battery by visiting
the Battery Replacement program Web site 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
Contact: For additional information, visit the HP Battery
Replacement program Web site at www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement
or contact HP at (888) 404-7398 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT
Monday through Friday.
Contact: Mike Hockey at (281) 927-9379
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