HP recalling thousands of laptop batteries over fire and burn risks

An ad for HP laptops is displayed at a Best Buy store June 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

HP Inc. is recalling thousands of lithium-ion batteries for its Notebook and mobile workstations over fire and burn risks, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which issued a notice on the recall Thursday.

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“The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards,” the CPSC said on its website.

The recall affects some 50,000 laptops.

"These batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers," HP Inc. said in a recall notice on its website. So owners should stop using the affected batteries immediately.

To find out if a particular HP laptop or mobile workstation battery has been recalled, HP is urging customers to run HP's Validation Utility software.

If the battery is one those affected by the recall, the owner needs to install an update that will put the device in Battery Safe mode, according to Consumer Reports, so that the device is safely running  off AC power.

HP Inc. is replacing the affected batteries for free.

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