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Hewlitt Packard Recalls Thousands of Defective Computer Batteries

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Thu, 20 Apr 2006 10:42:38 -0500

Hewlett-Packard Co. is recalling about 15,700 HP and Compaq notebook
computer batteries worldwide for a burn and fire/explosion
hazard. These batteries may be highly dangerous, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

HP has received 20 reports of batteries overheating, including two in
the United States, with one report of a minor burn injury, the agency

The recall is for lithium ion rechargeable batteries manufactured in
early January 2005 and used with various HP and Compaq notebook
computers. The affected batteries have a bar code label starting with
L3, the agency said.

About 4,100 of the recalled batteries covered were in the United

The batteries were manufactured in China, and the computers were sold
in the United States at retail and online stores from January 2005
through December 2005 for between $1,000 and $3,000, the CPSC
said. Battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and

The computers that may contain a recalled battery include the model
series: dv1xxx and ze2xxx in the HP Pavilion Family, nx48xx in the HP
Compaq Family, and V2xxx and M2xxx in the Compaq Presario Family,
according to the CPSC. Some of these computers have been damaged due
to the faulty "L3" battery.

The agency said consumers with an "L3" coded battery should stop using
it _immediately_ and contact HP to determine if the battery is being
recalled and for a free replacement battery if it is included in the

Consumers can get additional information by calling HP at
888-202-4320, or visiting the HP Battery Replacement Program Web site

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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