HP expanded their recall of lithium-ion batteries for their laptops on Tuesday because the batteries can overheat and are at risk of causing burns or fire, according to a recall notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). These batteries are not customer-replaceable.
CPSC received the product recall expansion notice in January, but because of the government shutdown, it did not post it to the government agency until now.
Almost 78,500 units were recalled, in addition to the 50,000 previously recalled in the United States in January 2019. In June 2016, around 41,000 laptop batteries were recalled and more than 100,000 more were recalled in January 2017.
The recall is part of a continuing series of batteries being recalled by HP.
The recall applies to the following laptop models that were sold between April 2015 and April 2018: HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series, 4xx G4 series); HPx360 (310 G2); HP Pavilion x360 11-inch Notebook PC; and HP 11 Notebook PC. Following this recall expansion, around a quarter of a million laptop batteries have been recalled by HP in a two-and-a-half-year span.
The recall expansion now includes about 78,500 more batteries used in commercial notebook computers and mobile workstations that were sold to businesses as well as other organizations. They were also sold as accessories or provided as replacements from December 2015 through December 2018 for the above products, as well as additional products through HP or an authorized HP Service Provider, including certain HP Mobile Thin Client products.
HP also warns, "It is essential to recheck your battery, even if you did so previously and were informed that it was not affected". The solution in this case is to replace the potentially faulty batteries.
Updated 1:30 p.m. ET: Added clarification from HP.