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Dell recalls faulty batteries

Bill Goodwin

PC supplier, Dell is recalling batteries from selected notebook computers, after receiving reports that some are at risk of over heating, and could pose a fire risk.

The supplier has received three reports of the batteries, which were manufactured in Japan and China, over heating.

No injuries have been reported, but customers have reported damage to a tabletop, a desk top and minor damage to personal affects.

The models affected include Dell Latitude, Dell Precision and Dell Inspiron computers. Dell sold the batteries with the computers, as part of a service replacement and as individual products on its web sit and catalogues, between 5 October 2004, and 13 October 2005. About 22,000 batteries were sold in the US.

The company has issued a voluntary recall with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. It is offering to replace the batteries free of charge.


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