Fire hazard: HP recalls 70,000 batteries

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Hewlett-Packard
Washington, May 15: Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co, said it is recalling about 70,000 batteries for notebook computers as a result of a fire hazard. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that it had received two case reports of the batteries catching fire due to overheating, causing minor property damage but no injuries.

HP sources said that the lithium-ion batteries being recalled were manufactured in China and were used in HP and Compaq notebook computers sold between Aug 2007 and Mar 2008.

The details of computer models using the batteries are on CPSC website CPSC.gov. HP will be providing free replacement batteries.

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