Dell recalls 4.1 million laptop batteries due to fire risk

| Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Dude – you got a Dell? If so, you might want to check your battery.

On Monday, Aug. 14, computer manufacturer Dell announced that it is recalling approximately 4.1 million Dell-brand batteries manufactured by Sony that were sold with several models of the company’s notebook computers.

According to a Dell press release, it is possible under rare circumstances for the batteries in question to overheat, which could cause a fire.

The recalled batteries were sold with several models of Dell’s Latitude, Inspiron, Precision and XPS product lines. The batteries were also sold separately, including some that were replaced during service calls.

According to the press release, customers may continue to use the notebook computers safely by turning the system off, ejecting the battery, and using the AC adapter and power cord to power the system until the replacement battery is received.

Customers should contact Dell directly to determine if their notebook computer battery is included in the recall. To do so, you can visit www.dellbatteryprogram.com, or call 1-866-342-0011, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

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