HP independently announced the recall expansion on January 17, according to the CPSC, which said that it has only just revealed this information due to the government shutdown, which interfered with its ability to announce the recall itself.
The original recall was announced in January 2018 and affected 50,000 battery units.More news: Rosenthal: Baseball's confusing trade deadline rule is about to change
"HP has received eight new reports of battery packs in the USA overheating, melting, or charring, including one report of minor injury and two reports of property damage totaling $1,100", says the CPSC.
HP requested we emphasize that it's recalling the batteries, not the laptops.
According to HP, many of these faulty laptop batteries are non-removable, which means they can not be replaced by the consumer.More news: Justin Bieber says he's 'been struggling a lot'
This is part of a continuing series of battery recalls from HP. In June 2016, around 41,000 laptop batteries were recalled and more than 100,000 more were recalled in January 2017. The Jan. 17 recall was for about 51,000 models, but 41,000 were recalled in June 2016 and 100,000 in January 2017, bringing the total for the past two-and-a-half years to nearly a quarter of a million.
The recall expansion now includes about 78,500 more batteries used in commercial notebook computers and mobile workstations that were sold to businesses as well as other organizations. Some of the bad batches were also sold separately as replacements between December 2015 and December 2018. The solution in this case is to replace the potentially faulty batteries. They will send you a replacement battery.
If you suspect your laptop qualifies - it doesn't apply to every model sold within that period - you can download the validation utility from the recall page to check.More news: Police file dowry, sexual harassment charges against Indian cricketer Shami