Here’s a heads up for those of you out there with HP laptops that are a few years old.
As is usually the case with battery recalls most are undertaken as a precaution to avoid widespread fire hazards, overheating and explosions from occurring. Unfortunately, unless the message is broadcast from manufacturers direct to consumers or the media gets wind of the information end users can often be unaware of their product being potentially defective.
It seems though that HP has had an extended history of recalling defective batteries stretching back to 2005 up until this month. The latest recall affects computer manufactured between July 2007 and May 2008 with HP estimating roughly 5% of these units having potentially defective batteries.
The best thing to do is visit this page and crosscheck your computer product number and then the battery bar code using the validation wizard. If your computer and battery are deemed to be affected then you should be notified as such upon completing the validation process.
There is one positive to take away from this process though – computer batteries tend to last two or three years before they start to severely degrade through normal use. If you do end up getting a new battery you’ve effectively got another two or three years for no additional cost. Either way, it’s definitely worth checking out as it’s better to be safe than sorry.