HP recalls batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations

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Affected batteries pose a fire threat and could burn users, so if you've bought such an HP device since late 2015, you should check to find out if you're impacted.

HP is recalling about 50,000 consumer notebook batteries for free, which were originally sold as part of a HP notebook itself or as a standalone accessory.

The batteries were sold with several products including HP ProBooks, the HPx360 310 G2, the HP Envy m6, the HP Pavilion x360, the HP 11, HP ZBook Mobile Workstations and HP ZBook Studio G4 Mobile Workstations.

In contrast, in the United States, eight incidents involving overheated batteries and an incident resulting in injury were reported. This places the system in Battery Safety Mode, which allows the computer to be used by plugging it in.

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"HP's primary concern is for the safety of our customers", a company statement read.

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

The voluntary safety recall was initiated this month, with HP offering replacements for affected units. Put another way, HP said that notebooks will simply refuse to operate without the charger attached, so users will need to plug in the laptop to use it.

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 past year, HP issued a battery recall due to fire risk concerns. There is a small utility you can download which will check if the battery in your laptop is one of the affected power packs. No one wants a repeat of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle.

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