HP recalls 50K batteries used in computers due to increased fire risk

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The company has announced it is recalling batteries for notebooks and mobile workstations due to concerns of overheating. This is not a first for HP, as a year ago the company also recalled 100,000 laptops for similar battery overheating concerns.

HP Probook 640 G2, HP ProBook 640 G3, HP ProBook 645 G2, HP ProBook 645 G3, HP ProBook 650 G2, HP ProBook 650 G3, HP ProBook 655 G2, HP ProBook 655 G3, HP ZBook 17 G3, HP ZBook 17 G4, HP ZBook Studio G3, HP x360 310 G2, HP Pavilion x360, HP ENVY m6, HP 11 Notebook PC. Please note that the HP ZBook Studio G4 is a product that is compatible with, but did not ship with, the affected batteries.

"Consumers should immediately visit www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable "Battery Safety Mode" if their battery is included in the recall", the U.S. CPSC reports.

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HP says they have received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring. There were three reports of property damage, and one report of a minor burn.

For extra safety, you also can also download this program, and check if your battery is impacted by the recall.

Altogether, about 50,000 laptops sold are affected.

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If you own a laptop, you already have the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws revealed earlier this week to worry about.

The site is offering a utility that users are expected to install and run on their laptops to find out if their batteries run the risk of overheating. To use it, you must be running Windows and have both the Microsoft.Net Framework 4.5.2 and HP Software Framework installed. Instead, HP has developed a BIOS update that will put the battery into a "battery safety mode". These batteries are not customer-replaceable. "HP is proactively notifying customers, and will provide replacement battery services for each verified, eligible battery, at no cost".

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