Compaq has recalled specific battery packs shipped with two notebook PC models after one machine overheated and released smoke.
The PC maker has recalled some 55,000 battery packs used in its Armada E500 and V300 laptops. In a statement Compaq warned that those battery packs could short-circuit, causing them to release smoke and possibly catch fire.
The company confirmed one incident of a machine overheating and releasing some smoke and that it was caused by a faulty battery pack manufactured between 2 June and 10 July. Compaq also confirmed that most of the affected machines were sold in Europe as well as the US.
The company has recalled only the batteries, which were made by Sony, not the computers.
The announcement follows another laptop recall by Dell earlier this month when it recalled 27,000 components after one customer's machine short-circuited and caught fire. But Compaq said the announcements are unrelated because Dell's batteries are made by Sanyo.
Compaq's recalled battery packs can be identified by a date code and serial number on the white label to the right of the battery connector. The recalled numbers are: TCGK 00001- 10500, TCGK 20001- 21800, TCGK 40001- 83100 and TCHK 40001- 44700.
The company is asking customers with recalled batteries to immediately cease using them and contact Compaq, which is sending out two replacement for each recalled unit.
Information on the recall is available at: http://www.compaq.com/products/notebooks/batteryrecall
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago