HP To Recall Laptop Batteries That Could Catch Fire

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd. said Thursday it will replace free of charge the battery packs of 39 laptop computer models, including 21 models not on sale in Japan, as they may overheat and catch fire. The recall will cover about 5,500 computers in Japan with built-in batteries, manufactured between August 2007 and May 2008, according to the Japan unit of Hewlett-Packard Co.

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd. said Thursday it will replace free of charge the battery packs of 39 laptop computer models, including 21 models not on sale in Japan, as they may overheat and catch fire.

The recall will cover about 5,500 computers in Japan with built-in batteries, manufactured between August 2007 and May 2008, according to the Japan unit of Hewlett-Packard Co. of the United States.

Although accidents such as burn injuries have been reported abroad, no such accident has been reported in Japan, HP Japan said.

The company has been voluntarily recalling the batteries since May last year and expanded the move this time to cover more models and units.

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