May 26, 2009 / 8:17 AM / 10 years ago

HP recalls 15,000 laptop batteries sold in China

An employee walks past a Hewlett-Packard logo during the second day of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong December 5, 2006. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

BEIJING (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co, the world’s largest PC maker, is recalling 15,000 laptop batteries distributed in China because of a danger they could overheat, China said on Tuesday on its quality inspections web site.

HP China will replace the batteries — used in HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Compaq models — for free because in extreme conditions they can overheat and pose a fire hazard, the government said on its website (

HP was not immediately available for comment.

The laptop PCs were manufactured between late 2007 and early 2008, according to the website.

Reporting by Kirby Chien; Editing by Ken Wills

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