Recall watch: HP pulls plug on batteries for fire risk
Computer batteries yanked for fire hazard
HP is recalling about 50,000 lithium-ion batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations in the United States because the batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The company has already received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500 with one report of a minor injury involving a first degree burn to the hand.
The batteries were shipped with or sold as accessories for HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), HPx360 310 G2, HP Envy m6, HP Pavilion x360, HP 11, HP ZBook (17 G3, 17 G4, and Studio G3) Mobile Workstations. The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation or for any of the products listed above.
Consumers should visit http://www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable “Battery Safety Mode” if they are affected. The web site also offers instructions on how to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall. These batteries are not customer-replaceable. HP will provide free battery replacement services by an authorized technician.
Call 888-202-4320 or visit www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 or www.hp.com and click “Recalls” for more information.
Mowers with breakable blades pulled
SureFit is recalling about 900 riding lawn mower blade spindle shafts and assemblies in the U.S. because the blade spindle shaft can break during lawn mowing and the broken blade pieces can become projectiles. This poses a risk of an impact injury to bystanders or damage to property.
The company has received one report of blade spindle shaft breaking. No injuries or property damage have been reported. The product was sold at lawn and garden stores nationwide.
This recall involves the SureFit blade spindle shaft/assembly with model numbers 504-00341 and 504-00346. The products were sold separately as replacement blade spindle shafts/assemblies in the aftermarket for John Deere riding lawn mowers.
Customers should immediately stop using riding lawn mowers with SureFit blade spindle shaft and/or assemblies and contact SureFit for instructions on receiving a free replacement blade spindle shaft. Call 855-971-2299 or visit www.mtdproducts.com and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.