The return of the exploding laptop batteries

Computer maker Hewlett-Packard has recalled 70,000 laptop batteries in the US after two reports of the devices catching fire.

The lithium-ion batteries, manufactured by a third party in China, were sold in US high street retailers and on HP’s own website between August 2007 and January 2008. Details of the affected products can be found here.

In 2006, rival PC maker Dell was forced to recall 4.1 million laptops after more than 20 reports of batteries overheating and catching fire. The company passed the blame to battery manufacturer Sony, which responded with the claim that the units had been improperly configured.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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