HP has recalled tens of thousands of additional laptop batteries over fears they could catch fire.
The hardware giant is expanding an earlier recall to now include a further 28,500 lithium ion batteries, bringing the total number up to 78,500, according to an announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
It follows HP’s announcement last January that it was recalling some 50,000 batteries.
The announcement also marks the third time HP has issued a battery warning in the last four years.
CPSC made the announcement on Tuesday, but HP actually made its latest recall public on January 17th.
The delayed announcement from the CPSC was due to the government shutdown, which lasted from December 22nd, 2018 until January 25th, 2019, making it the longest ever shutdown in U.S. history.
HP said it expanded the recall of laptop and mobile workstation batteries due to concerns about additional ‘fire and burn hazards.’
‘HP has received eight new reports of battery packs in the U.S. overheating, melting, or charring, including one report of minor injury and two reports of property damage totaling $1,100,’ CPSC explained.