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05 January 2018, 02:41 | Bernard Bryant
HP recalls two years' worth of laptop batteries
"This action pertains to 0.1 percent of the HP systems sold globally over the past two years". HP announced that it's recalling batteries for select laptop models, including some in the ProBook, Envy, and ZBook families. Consumers should go to the HP website to check if their battery is included in the recall.
Machines affected by HP's battery recall include certain HP ProBook models, as well as other laptops sold between December 2015 and December 2017.
This follows eight reports of lithium-ion batteries overheating and/or melting, and in one case causing a first-degree burn to someone's hand, with three further cases citing resulting property damage (presumably caused by fire, of course) to the tune of $4,500 (around £3,300, AU$5,700).
The company issued the worldwide recall on Thursday, urging customers to check batteries in several laptop and mobile workstation models sold between December 2015 and December 2017.
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The company also provided instructions on how to check if your laptop has a defective battery.
Critically, though, the modern obsession with thin-and-light - and, to be less generous, built-in obsolescence - means that numerous above models have internal batteries which are not user replaceable. However, since the batteries in these laptops are not meant to be replaced by consumers, HP will send an authorized technician to replace the battery properly.
"Batteries affected by this recall should immediately be put into "Battery Safety Mode", HP advised". 'During the reboot process, an option will be presented to enable Battery Safety Mode, ' HP explains.
To check whether a battery is affected, HP owners will need to download HP's battery validation utility, which runs the check in about 30 seconds.
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