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Hewlett Packard has issued a recall for thousands of lithium-ion batteries that pose a risk of overheating and potentially burning consumers.

On May 21, 2010 Hewlett Packard Co issued a voluntary recall for their lithium-ion batteries in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The batteries have caused concern over their potential to overheat which can lead to a fire or consumer burns.  Almost a year ago to the day, Hewlett Packard recalled 70,000 batteries due to the same safety hazards.  Over the last year, nearly 40 instances of the batteries overheating and rupturing have occurred with many of those instances resulting in property damage.  Of those, about a dozen people sustained minimal injuries such as burns.

If you own a Compaq or Hewlett Packard laptop computer, you can check this list from the CPSC to see if your battery is one of the recalled.  Many of these computers were sold in computer stores across the country and online between the summers of 2007 and 2008.  The batteries were also sold in separate packs as replacements for about $100-$150.

If your battery is on the recall list, it is recommended that you remove it from your computer immediately and contact HP for your free replacement.   For more information, the original article can be found here.  In the event that you suffer injuries from a recalled product such as these batteries that you contact an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights.

Kirk Bernard

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