Laptop batteries recalledFire risk HP laptop batteries recalled.

20 October 2005

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recalled 135,000 laptop battery packs amid fears they could catch fire.

A short-circuit is causing the rechargeable battery packs on a range of HP and HP Compaq laptops to overheat and melt the plastic casing, posing a burn or fire hazard. It's estimated that up to 51,000 computers are affected in Europe.

So far no-one has been injured but HP advises consumers to stop using the battery pack immediately and contact the company for a replacement, which will be shipped in seven days. Consumers can still power their laptop by plugging in the AC adaptor.

The affected packs are used with HP Pavillion, Compaq Presario, HP Compaq and Compaq Evo laptops. Customers can check whether their battery pack is faulty by visiting the HP website.

Meanwhile, Asda yesterday recalled certain George brand Flip Top Twin Handle Cups for babies over a choking hazard risk.

A washer in certain cups can become loose. Asda says that only about 300 affected cups have been sold. Those being recalled have the barcode 000000027415399. Customers should return the cup to their local Asda for a refund.