Dell faces lawsuit over fire-hazard laptop batteries

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Dell faces lawsuit over fire-hazard laptop batteries

Antony Savvas

Dell is facing a class action lawsuit in Canada, over its alleged slow reaction to the fire hazard laptop battery debacle last year.

The lawsuit claims design defects make the Dell laptops susceptible to problems and that Dell should have stopped selling the machines sooner.

Dell eventually recalled more than four million batteries when it became known that batteries manufactured by Sony posed a potential fire hazard.

Other laptop manufacturers, including Apple, Toshiba, Lenovo, that used the same type of battery from Sony, recalled a total of well over two million additional batteries.

The Canadian class action suit has been filed in the Ontario Superior Court by Thad Griffin, an Ontario resident, on behalf of other users of Dell Inspiron laptops.

The lawsuit alleges that design defects make certain Inspirons susceptible to overheating, and that this overheating can cause extra wear and tear to the motherboard, resulting in premature failure.

The legal action applies to Inspiron models 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150 and 5160.

The action is seeking to force Dell Canada to replace the defective computers or cover the cost of repairs.

The lawyer handling the lawsuit said there appeared to be a “systematic problem” with Inspirons, and that the overheating problem seemed to come to the fore when the usual one-year warranty came to an end.

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