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