Judie’s Gear Diary – 2006-04-20

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I just received notice of a recall on certain Hewlett Packard laptop
batteries. If you own an HP laptop, it might be prudent to see if you are one of
those affected:


April 20, 2006
Release #06-145

HP Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the
following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: HP and Compaq Notebook Computer Batteries

Units: About 4,100 (about 15,700 batteries worldwide)

Importer: Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif.

Hazard: An internal failure can cause the battery to overheat and melt or
char the plastic case, posing a burn and fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: HP has received 20 reports of batteries overheating,
including two in the United States. One minor burn injury has been reported.
Eleven cases of minor property damage were reported, including one in the United

Description: The recalled lithium ion rechargeable batteries are used with
various HP and Compaq notebook computers. The recalled batteries are a subset of
those manufactured in early January 2005, and will have a bar code label
starting with L3. HP and Compaq Notebook Model Series that may contain a
recalled battery include:

HP Pavilion FamilyHP Compaq FamilyCompaq Presario Family
dv1xxx nx48xx V2xxx
ze2xxx  M2xxx

The notebook model is located on the display screen bezel or in the labeling
on the bottom of the notebook.

Sold at: National and regional computer and electronics stores, online
stores, and at hp.com and hpshopping.com from January 2005 through December 2005
for between $1,000 and $3,000. The battery packs also were sold separately for
between $100 and $130.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the "L3" coded batteries immediately and
contact HP to determine if the specific battery is one of the ones being
recalled, and if it is, receive a free replacement battery. After removing the
recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers should plug in the AC
adapter to power the notebook until a replacement battery arrives.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, visit the HP Battery
Replacement Program Web Site at

, or contact HP at (888)
202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

To view this recall online, please visit our website at:


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