Fire Risk: Some HP Laptops Need Battery Replacements

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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.

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

These batteries were included with select units sold around the world between December 2015 and December 2017, according to the company. That might sound like a small percentage, but given how many devices HP shifts in a year, it's still likely to be a fairly substantial figure.

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

Officials warn about eating romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak
On Dec. 24, Sobeys Inc. said it is pulling more than 300 romaine lettuce products from its shelves at stores across the country. An E. coli outbreak has sickened more than a dozen Americans, and it's possible that romaine lettuce could be the source.

Is your laptop among those affected by the recall? HP is also providing a BIOS update that places the battery in "Battery Safety Mode" so that the notebook or workstation can be safely used without the battery by connecting to an HP power adapter. The batteries can not be replaced by customers themselves, the recall noted.

Naturally, none of this will come at any cost to the customer, except for the inconvenience of temporarily having your battery disabled. "The quality and safety of all HP products is our top priority".

"'During the reboot process, an option will be presented to enable Battery Safety Mode".

HP has issued instructions for using its battery validation tool to check if your laptop is impacted.

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