HP recalls computer batteries due to fire and burn hazards

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HP has announced a recall on batteries in select notebook and mobile workstations sold in recent years.

HP says it has received eight reports from users pertaining to the Lithium-ion batteries "overheating, melting, or charring".

"These batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers".

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Batteries sold as replacement or accessories for the HP "XBook Studio G4" mobile workstation are also named in the commission report. Three reports have included property damage "totaling $4,500", says HP, and on report included a first-degree burn. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, affected models include HP "ProBooks" (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), HPx360 310 G2, HP "Envy" m6, HP "Pavilion" x360, HP 11, HP "ZBook" (17 G3, 17 G4, and "Studio" G3) mobile workstations.

If so, there are also instructions on how to put your notebook into "battery safety mode" for the time being - effectively discharging and disabling the battery, meaning you'll have to use the portable plugged into a power socket - while a replacement battery is arranged. When sold separately, the batteries cost between $50-$90. When enabled on an affected system, the battery will be discharged and then can't be charged (at least without disabling the safety mode).