HP recalls notebook batteries from 2007-2008

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Uh oh! The hottest computer trend in recent memory, the “overheating and exploding battery,” has found a new victim: HP. A bunch of batteries were shipped from August 2007 to March 2008, two of which “overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage.” Sounds serious! Are you affected? Check this handy chart:

HP Pavilion Compaq Presario HP HP Compaq
dv2000
dv2500
dv2700
dv6000
dv6500
dv6700
dv9000
dv9500
dv9700
A900
C700
F700
V3000
V3500
V3700
V6000
V6500
V6700
G6000
G7000
6720s

If you have one of those listed, check the battery’s barcode number against these (the ^s can be any number):

62940^^AXV^^^^ 65033^^B7U^^^^
65033^^B7V^^^^
65033^^BGU^^^^
65035^^B7U^^^^
65035^^B7V^^^^
65035^^BGU^^^^
65035^^BGV^^^^
67059^^V8U^^^^
67059^^V8V^^^^

If your battery matches these numbers, leave the house immediately and call poison control.

Or, if you want to follow HP’s advice (why?): “Consumers should immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery.” Hit up HP at (800) 889-2031.

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