Your New HP Laptop Might Explode in a Fiery Blaze Too Michael Kwan January 25, 2017 News We love our technology, but do you know what we don’t love? Third degree burns. Yeah, not so much. It seems like the Galaxy Note7 isn’t the only gadgety gizmo exploding into a fiery mess these days, because that HP laptop you bought any time in the last four years? It could literally blow up in your face and send you to the ER too. HP has issued a voluntary recall on some 101,000 units, following up a recall of 41,000 units last summer. Just like the Note7, the fire hazard stems from faulty batteries. According to the official notice, the batteries on these notebooks “can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.” The issue is pretty widespread throughout the HP laptop lineup, including units branded as HP, HP ProBook, HP Envy, HP Pavilion, Compaq and Compaq Presario. The best way to know if your notebook is affected is to check the battery itself. Barcodes starting with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA are potentially dangerous. Contact HP and they’ll give you a free replacement. Affected devices were shipped between March 2013 and October 2016 in Canada, the US and Mexico. It’s not like you’re without your laptop in the interim, but you are advised to remove the battery and simply use your notebook plugged into the wall until you get your replacement battery. Share This With The World!