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May 27, 2009

HP recalls 15,000 laptop batteries

BEIJING: Hewlett-Packard Co, the world's largest PC maker, is recalling 15,000 laptop batteries distributed in China because of a danger they co
uld overheat, China said on Tuesday on its quality inspections website.

HP China will replace the batteries -- used in HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Compaq models -- for free because in extreme conditions they can overheat and pose a fire hazard, the government said on its website (www.aqsiq.gov.cn).

HP was not immediately available for comment. The laptop PCs were manufactured between late 2007 and early 2008, according to the website.

Last week, US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recalled some 70,000 batteries for notebook computers because of a fire hazard.

The CPSC said the lithium-ion batteries being recalled were used in HP and Compaq notebook computers sold between August 2007 and March 2008 and were made in China.
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