HP recalls 50000 Lithium-Ion Laptop Batteries worldwide

HP recalls computer batteries over fire risk

HP has recalled around 50,000 lithium-ion batteries for its Notebook computers and mobile workstations due to an increased fire risk.

If you are indeed in danger of extreme computer battery overheating, melting or charring, you're advised to enable a new Battery Safety Mode and reboot your system for safe use while connected to an HP power adaptor before contacting customer service and initiating the fix process.

According to reports, about 50,000 units have been sold.

HP Probook 640 G2, HP ProBook 640 G3, HP ProBook 645 G2, HP ProBook 645 G3, HP ProBook 650 G2, HP ProBook 650 G3, HP ProBook 655 G2, HP ProBook 655 G3, HP ZBook 17 G3, HP ZBook 17 G4, HP ZBook Studio G3, HP x360 310 G2, HP Pavilion x360, HP ENVY m6, HP 11 Notebook PC. The company has also initiated a voluntary recall as well for affected devices wherein the consumer stands to gain from the batteries replaced completely free of cost if those so warrants.

"For customers with five or more potentially affected batteries, HP has put in place a process to assist with validation and ordering". One person suffered a first-degree burn from the battery and three others had property damage totaling $4,500.

Customers can download a "HP Battery Validation Utility" located here, to see if their machine is affected.

If you own a laptop, you already have the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws revealed earlier this week to worry about. That will prevent the battery from overheating. The batteries can not be replaced by customers themselves, the recall noted.

Accepting Battery Safety Mode causes the battery to discharge and to cease future charging until Battery Safety Mode is disabled.

In the meantime, HP recommends all users make sure their laptops have been switched in to "battery safe mode".

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