updated 07:50 pm EDT, Tue May 26, 2009
HP recalls 15K batteries
Hewlett-Packard has recalled 15,000 batteries contained in notebooks distributed across China, as the lithium-ion cells are known to potentially overheat, according to Reuters. The affected devices include HP Pavillion, Compaq Presario and HP Compaq models manufactured between late 2007 and early 2008. China's quality-control regulator, AQSIQ, suggests the batteries pose a fire hazard when used in extreme conditions.
The notebook models and production date range closely match a US recall for 70,000 HP batteries. The company cited two incidents in which the packs burst due too overheating and excessive internal pressure, leading to property damage but no injuries.
HP China will replace the batteries for free. Additional information is available from the AQSIQ website.