Nearly two weeks ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of 70,000 lithium-ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq laptops. The HP recall came after two cases were reported of the batteries either heating up or catching on fire. Apparently concern over HP’s malfunctioning batteries is greater than previously anticipated as China has now issued a recall of it’s own.
According to a Chinese government website, there are around 15,000 batteries that should quickly be returned to the world’s largest PC maker. HP China will replace the batteries for free citing their propensity to overheat in extreme conditions. The laptops affected include HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Compaq models bought between late 2007 and early 2008. Mention of specific models are is tough to come by for this particular recall, however the Chinese government is urging all HP owners to check their batteries if their laptop was purchased in the aforementioned time period.
For those in the U.S. who have questions or concerns regarding the HP recall, please go to the official recall announcement page for more information.