Hewlett-Packard is recalling 15,700 notebook batteries after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said that they were overheating and had already caused nne minor burn and damaged some property.

The batteries were manufactured in China during January 2005 and have a bar code label starting with "L3". The batteries were used with several HP notebook models, including the HP Pavillion, HP Compaq, and Compaq Presario product series.

"Consumers should stop using the 'L3' coded batteries immediately and contact HP to determine if the specific battery is one of the ones being recalled, and if it is, receive a free replacement battery," the commission said. Of the 15,700 batteries being recalled by HP, around 4,100 belong to users in the U.S.

More information about the battery recall is available on HP's website.