Hewlett-Packard of Palo Alto, CA has expanded its voluntary recall of lithium-ion batteries manufactured in China and used in certain HP and Compaq-brand notebook computers.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Hewlett-Packard originally recalled about 70,000 lithium-ion batteries in May 2009. Since then, the company says that it has received 38 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in 11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage. The additional reports led the company to issue the current recall, which involves an additional 54,000 units.
The lithium-ion batteries were sold with various models of HP and Compaq notebook computers through computer and electronics stores nationwide, and through hp.com and hpshopping.com, from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3000. The batteries were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.