HP recalls 15,700 faulty notebook batteries

HP is recalling 15,700 notebook batteries over concerns they may overheat.

Hewlett-Packard is recalling 15,700 notebook batteries after reports that they overheated, causing minor property damage and, in one instance, a minor burn injury.

The batteries were manufactured in China during early January 2005 and have a bar code label that starts with "L3". The batteries were used with several HP notebook models, including the HP Pavillion, HP Compaq, and Compaq Presario product series, the commission said.

"Consumers should stop using the 'L3' coded batteries immediately and contact HP to determine if the specific battery is one of the ones being recalled, and if it is, receive a free replacement battery," the commission said. Of the 15,700 batteries being recalled by HP, around 4,100 belong to users in the U.S.

The affected third-party battery packs are used with the following HP notebooks in Asia Pacific: HP Pavilion dv1000 Family; Compaq Presario V2000 Family; Compaq M2000 Family; HP Pavilion ze2000 Family; and HP Compaq nx4800 Family.

More information about the battery recall is available on HP's Web site at http://www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement or by calleing its Australian hotline 13 10 47.

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