Hewlett Packard (HP) are expanding a recent recall of notebook computer batteries following concerns over the volatility of several products with regards to fire safety after reports emerged of exploding batteries which have caused burn injuries to several users.
The move by HP is a combative measure in order to stem the sharp rise in compensation claims made against the company after the US Consumer Product Association reported that it had received 11 claims for personal injury and 31 claims against HP for minor personal damage as a result of the exploding batteries.
Reports of faulty batteries was first reported last year when in May 2009 HP voluntarily recalled 70,000 potentially defective batteries from circulation in light of concerns over several personal injury claims. Since the original recall in May 2009, there have been a further 38 additional reports of batteries overheating and exploding, prompting a further recall of 54,000 new batteries as personal injury and property damage claims continued to be brought against Hewlett Packard.
Should any consumers be affected by the defective battery in a number of highlighted products, HP has announced that these people will be eligible to receive a verified replacement battery at no extra cost. However, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission are still interested in receiving incident or personal injury reports related to these faults.
If you’ve suffered any form of personal injury and believe you are entitled to compensation, please contact one of our specialist personal injury solicitors on 0800 163 622 to see how ASD can help with your compensation claim.