HP expands recall of batteries -

The maker of expensive printer ink, HP has had to expand its voluntary recall of notebook computer batteries after there were more complaints about them overheating or rupturing.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday that since the initial recall in May 2010 and 2009, HP has received additional reports of overheated and ruptured lithium-ion batteries, leading it to expand its recall to include more models.

More than 162,600 battery packs are involved in the recall and punters will get a replacement for each verified, recalled battery pack at no cost.

Since 2010, there had been reports of seven injuries, one smoke inhalation injury and 36 reports of property damage involving HP products, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

It is the third time that HP has had a large-scale battery recall since 2009 when 70,000 batteries were involved. Last year, 54,000 were recalled.

The recall covers almost all HP's laptop brands including HP and Compaq made between May 2010 and May 2009.

They are found on the HP Pavilion; dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500,
dv6700,dx6000, dx6500, and dx6700. Compaq Presario: A900, C700, F500, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, and V67. HP G6000, G7000 and the HP Compaq 6510b, 6515b, 6710b, 6710s, 6715b, 6715s, 6520s and the 6720s.