updated 04:10 pm EDT, Fri May 21, 2010
HP sees many more notebooks in battery fire risk
HP on Friday afternoon grew the size of its battery recall program to include 54,000 more notebooks. The exchange mostly covers older dv2000, dv6000, dv9000 and Compaq portables made between August 2007 and July 2008. It follows after HP received 38 more reports of batteries catching fire, 11 of which inflicted "minor personal injury" on the users.
The PC builder had already recalled 70,000 batteries almost exactly a year ago for similar problems. Neither is thought related to the worldwide recall of Sony batteries that prompted most major computer companies to recall large numbers of their own systems.
Anyone affected has been asked to stop using the batteries and should get a free replacement in the mail.