HP laptop batteries overheating leads to recall

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"These batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers", HP said in a statement. The company has announced it is recalling batteries for notebooks and mobile workstations due to concerns of overheating.

The recalled batteries, which were manufactured in China, were sold from December 2015 until last month in various retail stores and online.

The voluntary safety recall was initiated this month, with HP offering replacements for affected units.

HP has issued a battery recall notice for a number of its laptops and mobile workstations sold over the last two years due to concerns that the battery inside these machines could be unsafe and a fire hazard. The technology company is providing free battery replacements. Impacted customers should put their laptops in "Battery Safety Mode" and turn in the batteries for replacement as soon as possible.

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Affected models include HP ProBook, HP ZBook, HP x360, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360 laptops and more.

HP has issued instructions for using its battery validation tool to check if your laptop is impacted.

Is your laptop among those affected by the recall? "Accepting Battery Safety Mode causes the battery to discharge and to cease future charging until Battery Safety Mode is disabled". HP is also providing a BIOS update that places the battery in "Battery Safety Mode" so that the notebook or workstation can be safely used without the battery by connecting to an HP power adapter.