HP warns of notebook battery fire risk

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HP warns of notebook battery fire risk

Fourth PC maker recall this year.

HP has recalled batteries sold with a range of its of consumer and business notebooks over concerns the devices could catch fire.

The tech giant has asked customers who purchased certain Compaq, ProBook, Envy, and Pavilion laptops between March 1 2013 and August 30 2015 nationally to turn off the device, remove the battery and check its identification number.

It is warning the affected devices could catch fire and burn the user.

"Because these batteries pose a fire and burn hazard, it is extremely important for customers to check whether their batteries are affected, and to cease use of affected batteries immediately," HP advised.

"Customers may continue to use their notebook computer without the battery installed, by connecting the notebook to external power."

The company is offering free replacements.

It is the fourth notebook battery recall issued in Australia this year. Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba all advised of similar recalls within a one-month period.

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