HP Canada recalling certain lithium-ion batteries

HP recalls computer batteries over fire risk

HP recalls many laptops due to fire hazard batteries

HP has announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer and mobile workstation batteries.

Health Canada reports that HP Inc. The batteries were shipped in the computers and workstations sold from December 2015 through December 2017 for approximately $300-$400. The website also has instructions for customers to initiate the validation utility to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall. When sold separately, the batteries cost between $50-$90.

Fortunately, there is an easy way for users to determine whether they have been affected - HP has set up a webpage where customers can check to see whether their battery is included in the recall.

HP will provide consumers with a free battery replacement service by an authorized technician.

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In addition, the company has pushed a BIOS update that puts affected batteries in "Battery Safety Mode", which allows the laptops to continue working without their batteries by connecting to an HP power adaptor.

This mode will discharge the battery and prevent it from being recharged until the battery is replaced. "For this reason, it is extremely important to check whether your battery is affected".

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. No one wants a repeat of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle.

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