HP recalls another 160,000 exploding batteries

Hewlett Packard has added another 162,600 potentially dangerous laptop batteries to the 70,000 it recalled in May 2009 and 54,000 it recalled in May 2010.

It's starting to look like admitting to making dodgy batteries which might overheat causing ruptures, severe skin burns and smoke inhalation is becoming a regular annual event for HP as May 2011 sees yet another recall forced by the US Product Safety Commission.

Users are warned to stop using the faulty lithium-ion batteries immediately as HP has received 40 reports of dangerous incidents since the 2010 recall.

The Chinese-made batteries were sold with HP and Compaq notebooks and as replacements between July 2007 and July 2008 and include some units which users were told were not included in previous recalls.

"Consumers should immediately remove the batteries from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall," says the CPSC alert. "Consumers who had previously checked their batteries and were informed they were not included in previous announcements are urged to check again. Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives."

The CPSC reckons dodgy products cost the US economy $900 billion every year