HP laptop battery alert: We're recalling these models due to overheating fears

HP recalls batteries in over 50,000 laptops

CPSC said the website provides consumers instructions on how to initiate the validation utility to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall.

Eight reports of "overheating, melting or charring" have been documented on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's page about the recall with one device causing $4,500 dollars worth of property damage and another leading to a user receiving a first-degree burn on their hand.

The batteries were shipped with or sold as accessories for HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), HPx360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11, HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) Mobile Workstations.

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Health Canada says that as of December 18, 2017, HP Canada had not received any reports of incidents or injuries in Canada but there have been eight reports of overheating batteries in the United States and one reported injury.

The company has also released a new BIOS update to deal with the issue which adds a "battery safety mode".

"Many of these batteries are internal to the system, which means they are not customer replaceable".

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The recall affects around 0.1 percent of HP systems sold globally over the past two years, HP told ZDNet sister site CNET. It will also help arrange to have a technician safely replace the batteries at no cost. During the reboot process, an option will be presented to enable Battery Safety Mode. "Batteries affected by this recall should immediately be put into Battery Safety Mode".

The recall comes almost a year after HP recalled over 100,000 laptop batteries due to overheating issues and fire risks, expanding an earlier recall from June 2016 when 41,000 units were recalled.

These batteries were included with select units sold around the world between December 2015 and December 2017, according to the company.

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If you want to check whether your HP laptop battery is affected, you can find out by visiting HP's website.

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