HP Expands Laptop Battery Recall to 78,500 Units

Lloyd Doyle
March 14, 2019

Pavilion x360 circa May 2016.

HP expanded their recall of lithium-ion batteries for their laptops on Tuesday because the batteries can overheat and are at risk of causing burns or fire, according to a recall notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

HP requested we emphasize that it's recalling the batteries, not the laptops.

HP initiated the recall in January 2018, and expanded it in January 2019, but the news hadn't widely circulated because of the USA government shutdown.

Under the expansion, HP is recalling another 78,500 laptop batteries, building upon the 50,000 it recalled in 2018. The UPSC finally posted the news to its site on Tuesday with the explanation, "NOTE: This recall expansion was previously announced independently on January 17, 2019 by the firm due to USA government furlough".

The recall is part of a continuing series of batteries being recalled by HP. HP has set up a site with more information about the recall process. Following this recall expansion, around a quarter of a million laptop batteries have been recalled by HP in a two-and-a-half-year span. "The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation, HP ProBook 4xx G5 series, HP ENVY 15, HP Mobile Thin Clients (mt21, mt22, and mt31)".

The CPSC said the batteries were "shipped in notebook computers and mobile workstations sold from December 2015 through April 2018 for between $300 and $4,000 and were also sold separately between December 2015 and December 2018 for between $50 and $90". "However if you have already received a replacement battery, you are not affected by this expansion". The website provides consumers instructions on how to initiate the validation utility to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall.

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