HP Recalls 54,000 Li-Ion Batteries

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has decided to recall 54,000 lithium ion laptop batteries installed in 25 of its laptop models worldwide.

The PC maker believes that the batteries may be prone to overheating and could explode, potentially destroying the laptop and causing injury to the user.

The latest call for users to send back their laptop batteries follows a massive product recall during May 2009, after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) forced HP to call in 70,000 lithium ion batteries following initial reports that two laptop batteries had exploded.

According to the the US CPSC, the recent HP battery recall comes in response to 38 consumer complaints, including 31 cases of property damage.

The CPSC has advised owners of affected HP notebooks that they “should immediately remove the batteries referenced above from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked).”