HP recalls 50000 laptop batteries amid overheating concerns

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HP Inc., is recalling 50,000 batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations because there's a chance they could burst into flames.

If this story has provoked a certain degree of déjà vu in your mind, that's probably not surprising, given that at the start of past year, HP issued a battery recall due to fire risk concerns.

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According to the CPSC, consumers should immediately visit HP's recall page to find out if their battery is among those affected by the issue. As these batteries are sealed inside the laptop, a qualified technician will be called upon to carry out the replacement.

The batteries in question were also sold as replacements for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or any of the above products, HP says.

Three reports of property damage, totaling $4,500, have been received by HP involving the affected machines.

HP has set up a recall site and released a BIOS update. HP says it "strongly recommends" using this mode if you're affected.

HP has provided an HP Battery Program Validation Utility that will automatically check to determine if a battery in a device is affected by the recall. "Accepting Battery Safety Mode causes the battery to discharge and to cease future charging until Battery Safety Mode is disabled. We recently learned that batteries provided by one of our suppliers for certain notebook computers and mobile workstations present a potential safety concern", the company wrote in a blog post on Friday.