A recall has been announced on certain HP and Compaq notebooks, due to their Lithium-Ion batteries posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

The affected battery packs have a label incorporating a unique, identifiable code sequence and are for use in the HP Pavilion: dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dv9000, dv9500 and dv9700, Compaq Presario: A900, C700, F700, V3000,V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500 and V6700, HP Compaq: 6720s and HP: G6000 and G7000 notebook computers.

The affected battery packs were sold nationally in HP notebook PCs and separately as options or spare parts between August 2007 and March 2008.

The reason for the recall is that there is a risk that in rare cases the Lithium-Ion batteries can overheat posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. It was emphasised that the issue is unrelated to any previous HP battery pack recalls.

Hewlett-Packard Australia is advising customers to remove the offending battery packs and replace it with a new one; this can be done by visiting the Battery Pack Replacement Program website at www.hp.com/support/batteryreplacement.

Consumers will be able to continue using their notebook computers by plugging in the AC adaptor to power the notebook via mains supply until the battery pack is replaced.

Customers can call 13 10 47 to confirm whether their battery pack is affected.