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While Samsung may have had an few awful months of battery issues, HP has been shipping out defective units for years.
The company on Tuesday recalled more than 100,000 laptop batteries due to possible overheating that can cause “fire and burn damage,” according to a notice released on Tuesday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
“HP has received one additional report of the battery overheating, melting and charring, and causing about $1,000 in property damage,” according to the notice.
Unlike Samsung’s isolated issue, this recall effects a wide range of devices, including HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion PCs purchased between March 2013 and October 2016. To make things worse, the recall effects laptops that can be purchased at your local BestBuy or Walmart—anything in the price range between $300 and $1,700, or just about any laptop.
If you bought an HP laptop in the last four years you might want to make sure it’s not included in the recall. Just take a look at the model number of the battery printed on the bottom of your device and hope it’s not one of these: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL, and 6EBVA.
If it is, stop what you’re doing, take the battery out of the machine, and give HP a call for a replacement. Whatever you do, don’t mess around with a bad lithium-ion battery.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.