The new program is aimed at a total of 35,000 units. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, consumers should stop using such batteries at once, as they pose the danger of overheating and catching fire.
About 32,000of the faulty batteries were sold with HP laptops from December 2004 through June 2006. The batteries feature bar code label starting with A0, L0, L1 or GC and were sold with the following HP models:
– HP Pavilion: dv1000, dv8000 and zd8000
– Compaq Presario: v2000 and v2400
– HP Compaq: nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230, nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120, nx9600
Toshiba sold around 3,000 of such batteries, from April 2005 to October 2005. The issue might affect owners of Satellite: A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, M50/M55 or Tecra: A3, A5, S2.
Last one on the list is Dell: only 150 batteries, shipped between November 2004 and November 2005. Consumers might want to check their Latitude: 110L and Inspiron: 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, 5160 models.
Up till now there have been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire. 10 such incidents resulted in minor property damage and 2 consumers experienced minor burns.