Dell investigates exploding laptop

Dell has confirmed it is investigating how one of its laptop computers exploded into flames at a conference in Japan.

Dell has confirmed it is investigating how one of its laptop computers exploded into flames at a conference in Japan.

The hardware giant said it would be “inappropriate to speculate about the circumstances” that led to the dramatic event while the investigation was in progress.

Pictures showing flames bursting from the laptop machine – which was on a table when it caught fire – were posted on the Inquirer technology website.

In December, Dell recalled 22,000 laptop computer batteries, because of fire risks from overheating. The firm received three reports of batteries overheating, with damage to a tabletop, a desktop and minor damage to personal effects.

Following the incident in Japan, Dell said it remained “committed to product quality and safety” and required suppliers to undergo independent third party safety testing as well as meeting its own safety and reliability standards.

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