Dell Recalls 4.1 Million Flammable Batteries
Dell instituted a voluntary recall Monday of 4.1 million Dell-branded lithium-ion batteries in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Under what Dell calls “rare conditions” the batteries are capable of overheating and catching fire. This contingency may have already occurred in reported incidents of spontaneously combusting Dell laptops in Vernon Hills, Illinois and Osaka, Japan.
Dell has established a Web site at www.dellbatteryprogram.com where customers can determine whether or not their laptops are affected by the recall. Customers can also call a toll-free number, 1-866-342-0011, or write to the company at Dell Inc., Attn: Battery Recall, 9701 Metric Blvd., Austin, Texas 78758.
The batteries in question were sold between April 1, 2004 and July 18, 2006 either separately or with the following computers: Dell Latitude D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810; Inspiron 6000, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705; and Dell Precision M20, M60, M70 and M90 mobile workstations; and XPSTM , XPS Gen2, XPS M170 and XPS M1710.
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