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Dell To Recall More Than 4 Million Laptop Batteries

Posted August 16, 2006 7:26 a.m. EDT

— Dell announced Monday it will recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they can overheat and catch fire.

  • Dell Press Release

  • Dell Battery Program

  • A spokesman for Round Rock-based Dell said the batteries were made by Sony and placed in notebooks that were shipped between April of 2004 and July 18, 2006.

    Ira Williams said -- in rare cases -- a short-circuit could cause the battery to overheat, causing a risk of smoke and/or fire.

    The battery packs were included in some models of Dell's Latitude, Inspiron, XTS and precision mobile workstation notebooks.

    Dell plans to launch a Web site to further describe the affected models and how to get replacement batteries.

    There have been recent news reports about Dell laptops bursting into flames.

    Dell has received six reports of batteries overheating, resulting in property damage to furniture and personal effects.

    No injuries have been reported.

    Consumers should stop using the recalled batteries immediately and contact Dell at


    to receive a replacement battery.

    Consumers can 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.

    Dell had another, much smaller battery recall in December after symptoms that were similar to those that prompted Monday's recall.