Some HP laptops need battery replacements due to serious safety concerns

Hewlett-Packard Recalls More Than 50,000 Lithium Ion Batteries

Hewlett-Packard Recalls More Than 50,000 Lithium Ion Batteries

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's page on the recall noted eight reports of "overheating, melting or charring", three involving a total of $4,500 property damage, and one of a first-degree burn to a user's hand.

The laptops were sold from December 2015 through December 2017 at a number of authorized retailers including Best Buy and Amazon, as well as HP's own website. Consumers should go to the HP website to check if their battery is included in the recall.

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A spokesman told The Register the recall affected just 0.1 per cent of HP systems sold globally over the last two years (although it declined to give a figure that the percentage related to). According to the CPSC, the affected laptops include the HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), HPx360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11, HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) Mobile Workstations. Notebook users can download HP's Battery Validation Utility to check if their laptop's battery needs to be replaced.

The company also provided instructions on how to check if your laptop has a defective battery.

Defending champion Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open
Open champion Sloane Stevens and Venus Williams, who will be aiming to win her eighth major singles title at the age of 37. Williams didn't drop a set while winning last year's title, and her victory helped her regain the world No.1 ranking.

Most of the offending batteries are internal, and can't be replaced by users, so HP made a decision to provide free battery replacements by their authorised technicians. We recently learned that batteries provided by one of our suppliers for certain notebook computers and mobile workstations present a potential safety concern. Users will still be able to use the device but only when connected to an HP power adapter. Unfortunately for many HP laptop owners, it looks like there is a chance your laptop could be affected by faulty batteries. The update puts the battery in "Battery Safety Mode", which forces the battery to discharge and cease charging again until the mode is disabled.

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