The possibility of being burned by your laptop probably isn’t something you spend a lot of time thinking about.
But the Consumer Product Safety Commission says some consumers – seven, to be precise – were burned by defective batteries in their HP laptop computers.
That’s why HP has now expanded a recall of those batteries. As the commission's release puts it, the batteries “can overheat and rupture, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.”
And their property. Along with the seven injuries, an additional 36 consumers experienced property damage as a result of the defective batteries.
p>It’s just the latest batch of reports from consumers to HP; the company recalled previous batches of the batteries in May 2009 and May 2010 after receiving reports of minor injuries and property damage. This recall is the largest, affecting 162,600 batteries.
According to the commission's announcement, 32 different model numbers of HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario, HP and HP Compaq notebook computers may use the recalled batteries. The computers were sold nationwide from July 2007 to July 2008.
It might also help to keep these recalls in mind when shopping for a used computer. A quick survey of the Craigslist “for sale” section found numerous HP, Compaq and other laptops listed. Although the commission's website points out that it’s “illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product,” we’re betting that checking out the batteries on a used laptop is going to be up to you.
To see if you own an affected computer or battery, go here.
You can read the commission's bulletin here.