HP Recalls 101000 Laptop Batteries, So Check Yours Now
- Author: Marjorie Miles Jan 28, 2017,
Jan 28, 2017, 0:37
If you own an affected laptop and don't replace its battery, you could be running the risk of property damage or serious injury.
This secondary recall involves batteries containing Panasonic cells that are used in HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion laptops.
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Samsung chose to discontinue the Note 7 in October 2016 after recalling millions of the devices worldwide over safety concerns. According to the note, affected batteries have bar codes attached to them that start with one of the following: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA.
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"The battery bar code is printed on the back of the battery".
More: Free the ink! "The black batteries measure about 8 to 10.5 inches long, 2 inches wide, and about 1 inch high", the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states in its. However, it's expected that a further 100,000 batteries are affected by the issues that prompted the second recall.
In the U.S., users can call HP customer service at 1-888-202-4320 to request a replacement battery. As such, it has recommended that all users check their battery's barcode, even if they already examined the component when the warning was issued a year ago. Fortunately, because the batteries are removable, users can still plug in their power adapter to the laptop and continue using their machines. However, since not all batteries (with matching barcodes) and laptops are affected by the potential problems, the manufacturer advises to either download HP's Battery Program Validation Utility that determines whether the particular battery may be faulty, or manually enter serial number and barcode of the battery into a special form on HP's website.