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HP issues worldwide battery recall due to fire, burn hazards

HP issues worldwide battery recall due to fire, burn hazards

A small amount of HP laptops and workstations shipped between December 2015 and December 2017 will need their batteries replaced, as they're prone to overheating or melting, the company announced on Thursday.

Customers can visit HP's website to see if they were affected, and can get a free battery replacement.

HP Inc. voluntarily recalled about 50,000 laptop batteries in response to eight reported fire incidents that occurred in a wide range of its mobile computer models.

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The batteries were shipped in the computers and workstations sold from December 2015 through December 2017 for approximately $300-$400.

If this story has provoked a certain degree of déjà vu in your mind, that's probably not surprising, given that at the start of a year ago, HP issued a battery recall due to fire risk concerns. "For this reason, it is extremely important to check whether your battery is affected", HP said in a message posted on its website.

Many of these batteries can not be replaced by customers.

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The batteries in question were also sold as replacements for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or any of the above products, HP says.

The computer maker is providing battery replacement services by an authorized technician at no cost.

The company recommends that users quickly check their machines and install the BIOS update if the device uses one of the affected batteries. "Accepting Battery Safety Mode causes the battery to discharge and to cease future charging until Battery Safety Mode is disabled".

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