The lithium-ion batteries used in some HP and Compaq notebook computers have been recalled because they could overheat and pose a fire or burn hazard.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and HP have announced a voluntary recall of the batteries and advise consumers to stop using them unless otherwise instructed.
The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers, says a statement issued by the two organisations.
There have been two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The computer models that may contain a recalled battery include the following models: dv2000; dv6700; A900; V3700; G6000; 6720s; dv2500; dv9000; C700; V6000; G7000; dv2700; dv9500; F700; V6500; dv6000; dv9700; V3000; V6700; dv6500; and V3500.
The specific batteries would contain one of the following bar code labels (^ in the code can be any letter or number): 62940^^AXV^^^^; 65033^^B7U^^^^; 65035^^B7U^^^^; 67059^^V8U^^^^; 65033^^B7V^^^^; 65035^^B7V^^^^; 67059^^V8V^^^^; 65033^^BGU^^^^; 65035^^BGU^^^^; or 65035^^BGV^^^^.
Users are advised to contact HP to find out if their battery is included in the recall and to request a replacement.