HP recalls 50000 laptop batteries amid overheating concerns

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Canada is announcing the recall of lithium-ion batteries available with HP laptops and portable workstations as they may overheat, posing a risk of burns and fire.

The recall is in response to eight reports of batteries "overheating, melting, or charring", HP says.

HP has announced a recall of thousands of laptop batteries over concerns of overheating and fire hazard.

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The company will send those impacted by the fault a free battery replacement, as well as help organise an appointment to actually get it replaced.

If you have an HP laptop, you'll want to see if you're impacted by a new voluntary recall. Three of those customers also reported property damage totalling $4,500, and one reported a first degree burn on their hand.

The laptops affected all have non-removable batteries, of course, and include models from the ProBook, ZBook, x360, Pavilion and Envy ranges. If you are, HP suggests you place your laptop into "Battery Safety Mode" with a provided BIOS update.

The recall affects about 50,000 machines sold in the United States, in addition to about 2,600 in Canada.

HP went on to say that it would pick up the tab for authorized technicians to replace the batteries because many "are internal to the system, which means they are not customer replaceable".

If this story has provoked a certain degree of déjà vu in your mind, that's probably not surprising, given that at the start of past year, HP issued a battery recall due to fire risk concerns.

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