PC maker Dell has recalled batteries used in some of its notebook computers after a customer's machine short circuited and caught fire.
Dell is recalling about 27,000 batteries worldwide because the component can short circuit even when the battery is not in use. This can cause them to release smoke and possibly catch fire, the company said.
The recall involves only the specified batteries and not the computers themselves.
The batteries were sold primarily with Dell notebook computers shipped directly to North and South American customers from 22 June to 15 September 2000 and those shipped into Europe, the Middle East and Africa between 22 June and 4 October 2000. Dell said that 20% of the 27,000 batteries are in Europe.
Affected customers will receive two replacements batteries, a Dell spokeswoman said.
The recalled batteries were sold with the following Dell computer models: Latitude CpiA, CpiA, CPtC, CPtV, CPxH and CPxJ and the Inspiron 3700 and 3800.