HP recalls batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations

Technology       by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

HP has issued a battery recall notice for a number of its laptops and mobile workstations sold over the last two years due to concerns that the battery inside these machines could be unsafe and a fire hazard.

Officials say the lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The batteries were shipped in the computers and workstations sold from December 2015 through December 2017 for approximately $300-$400.

If you have an HP laptop, you'll want to see if your model is mentioned in the following laptop battery recall notice issued by HP. Numerous batteries, however, are internal to the notebooks and mobile workstations, meaning a technician's services will be necessary to replace them. "This action pertains to 0.1 percent of the HP systems sold globally over the past two years".

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Consumers are encouraged to immediately stop using these batteries and to visit the Health Canada website to recall the HP batteries to determine if their product is covered and to order another free battery, if applicable.

HP issued a statement to stay: "The quality and safety of all HP products is our top priority". HP is also providing a BIOS update that places the battery in "Battery Safety Mode" so that the notebook or workstation can be safely used without the battery by connecting to an HP power adapter. You can download a tool to verify if your battery is susceptible to the issue here.

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