Dell launches massive laptop battery recall

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Dell launches massive laptop battery recall

Tash Shifrin

Hardware giant Dell is to recall more than four million laptop batteries because of a fire risk.

The company announced the move in co-operation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory bodies. The recall will cover around 4.1 million Dell-branded lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony.

“Under rare conditions, it is possible for these batteries to overheat, which could cause a risk of fire,” Dell warned.

The recall is not the first for the hardware giant. In December, Dell recalled 22,000 laptop computer batteries because of fire risks from overheating.

Last month, the company confirmed it was investigating why one of its laptops exploded at a conference in Japan. Pictures showing flames bursting from the laptop were posted on the web.

The new recall affects batteries that were sold with a range of Dell laptops, as well as being sold separately, between 1 April 2004 and 18 July 2006.

The affected batteries are marked "Dell" and either "Made in Japan", "Made in China" or "Battery Cell Made in Japan Assembled in China".

Dell has set up a dedicated website with information on the battery recall at www.dellbatteryprogram.com.


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