Alternatively, an easy way of determining whether you have an affected battery is to use a validation utility available from HP. "The black batteries measure about 8 to 10.5 inches long, 2 inches wide, and about 1 inch high", the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states in its. That report detailed a battery "overheating, melting and charring and causing about $1,000 in property damage".
"The battery bar code is printed on the back of the battery".
HP a year ago issued a recall of around 40,000 batteries, warning users' of affected laptops that they might end up with a scolded lap.
The recall specifically relates to about 101,000 laptops sold with Panasonic battery cells in laptops under the HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario (they still make those things?) and HP Pavilion brand names.
If it is, stop what you're doing, take the battery out of the machine, and give HP a call for a replacement. According to the note, affected batteries have bar codes attached to them that start with one of the following: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA. The batteries "can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards", an official notice reads. Until a replacement battery is received, consumers should use the notebook computer by plugging it into AC power only.
The Canadian recall notice states that, in all, HP sold 5,700 batteries in Canada, 142,900 in the USA, and 8,500 in Mexico.
The company warns users that batteries identified as unaffected by the earlier recall could still be risky. You can do this by calling HP toll-free at 888-202-4320 or by visiting this page on the HP website. "Consumers are urged to recheck their batteries". Whatever you do, don't mess around with a bad lithium-ion battery.
Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.
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