NEW YORK ( MainStreet) — Hewlett-Packard (Stock Quote: HPQ) has expanded its recall of lithium batteries in several different computer models after additional reports that they pose fire and burn hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.

The recall involves approximately 162,000 batteries in certain HP, HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Compaq notebook computers. The models were sold at computer and electronics stores nationwide, and online at hp.com and hpshopping.com from July 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

Specific model numbers and battery barcodes affected by the recall can be found on the CPSC website.

According to reports, the batteries can overheat and rupture, leading to fires or causing burns. In May 2009 and May 2010, HP recalled 54,000 and 70,000 batteries respectively for the same reason, and the latest recall includes additional batteries that were not part of previous recalls.

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HP expanded the recall after receiving 40 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured. The incidents resulted in seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury and 36 instances of property damage, the company said in a press release.

Consumers are being advised by HP and the CPSC to remove the batteries from their notebook computers immediately. They must contact HP to determine if the battery is included in this recall. Even owners who had previously checked their batteries and were informed they were not included in previous announcements are being asked to check again. 

Customers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement in the mail. In the interim, HP suggests that consumers use the AC adapter to power the computer.

Owners can contact HP through its HP Battery Replacement Program website or by calling (888) 202-4320 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.

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