October 14, 2005

HP says recalls 135,000 notebook PC batteries

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co. has recalled
135,000 battery packs for its laptop computers, citing a fire
hazard, the world's second-largest personal computer maker said
on Friday.

HP said that an internal short in the HP and Compaq
notebook lithium ion rechargeable battery packs can cause the
battery cells to overheat and melt or char the plastic case,
posing a burn and fire hazard.

HP so far has received 16 reports of batteries overheating,
including four in the United States. Four cases of minor
property damage but no injuries were reported.

The recalled battery packs have a bar code label starting
with GC, IA, L0 or L1, the company said, and were sold from
March 2004 through May 2005. They were also sold separately
from the notebook computers.

The battery packs were used to power Pavilion, HP Compaq,
Presario and Evo notebooks and were made in China and Taiwan,
HP said.

HP said it would replace the battery packs at no charge and
customers could find details of the battery replacement program
at www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement.

HP, based in Palo Alto, California, said that of the
135,000, about 85,000 were originally sold in the United