Announced by the the company's consumer arm this week, the recall covers batteries sold with selected laptops over between December 2015 and December 2017.
"Additionally, these batteries may have been sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 Mobile Workstation or for any of the preceding products through HP or an authorised Service Provider".
To check if your laptop battery is affected and apply for a replacement, visit HP's Battery Programme 2018 website.
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The batteries can overheat, causing it to melt or char the laptop and items around it. There were three reports of property damage, and one report of a minor burn. After the BIOS update, reboot and the battery will discharge and cease future charging until it has been replaced. Not all batteries of the affected laptops are part of the recall, which is why the company has released a HP Battery Validation Utility to check if the particular battery in a notebook computer is affected.
"Batteries affected by this recall should immediately be put into "Battery Safety Mode", HP advised".
The site is offering a utility that users are expected to install and run on their laptops to find out if their batteries run the risk of overheating. HP is providing free replacement batteries.
In an incident that reminds us of the nasty fire hazard that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 proved to be, it is now HP that is issuing a similar warning message for some of its Notebook and laptop devices. Models that contain the recalled batteries generally ranged in price from $300 to $4,000. If it is, the site also provides instructions to enable an update that places the battery in "Battery Safe Mode", so that the notebook or workstation can be used safely without the battery, by connecting to an HP power adaptor.