HP recalls exploding laptop batteries

Hewlett Packard has expanded a battery recall first announced in May 2009 to include a number of additional laptop models.

The voluntary recall and replacement programme was imposed by "various government agencies" according to HP and has now been revised twice after the company conducted further investigations with their suppliers.

The new models affected include notebooks from the Pavillion, Compaq Presario, HP and HP Compaq ranges, a full list of which is available here.

The dodgy batteries were shipped worldwide and can "overheat, posing a burn and fire hazard".

"HP customers affected by this program[me] will be eligible to receive a replacement battery pack for each verified, recalled battery pack at no cost," says the recall notice.