HP is busy cleaning up its mess by calling back almost 101,000 batteries with risk of ‘Note 7ing’. Yes, you are quite right, the batteries were called back so that there were no exploding or burning hazards caused, just like it happened with Note 7. However, this is not the first instance of this happening. HP has previously called back around 41,000 batteries in the month of June last year, much to its discontent, after which the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed the unstable condition of the Lithium ION units.
The devices that were affected by this were the HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion notebooks. Not all of these devices will have problems; it has been mentioned by HP that only those devices in these models that were sold between March 2013 and October 2016, were to have their batteries changed with immediate effect.
To give way to this, the company has made sure that every consumer is saved from the hassle of going down to the store for the change; the company has set up a special battery replacement site on the internet, where users can key in the relevant details and get themselves a battery replacement.
Until you get a chance to have a new battery, you can remove the battery from the laptop and use it on AC. This will keep you safe. It would be wise to register for a replacement anyway, even if you were told that your battery is fine.
Although so far no lives were lost, similar replacement stints have been pulled by HP back in 2014, when it was forced to replace a number of power cords. Almost 6 million such cords were replaced to make the usage experience even better. Of course, in the current scenario, this makes up less than 1% of the total devices sold.