*NEWS*DELL RECALLS 4MIL LAPTOP BATTERIES

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*NEWS*DELL RECALLS 4MIL LAPTOP BATTERIES

 user 2006-08-15 at 12:31:00 pm Views: 32
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    Dell recalls 4m laptop batteries
    The world’s largest manufacturer of personal computers, Dell, is to recall 4.1 million of its notebook computer batteries because of a fire risk.Most batteries are in computers sold in the US but more than 1 million are thought to be elsewhere.Dell says it knows of six instances since December when the batteries, made by Sony, overheated or caught fire.The US body responsible for consumer safety says it is the biggest recall of electrical products in its history.A spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Scott Wolfson, said users of affected laptops should only run the machines on a power cord.

    ‘Rare cases’
    The Sony lithium-ion batteries were placed in laptops shipped between April 2004 and July 2006.They were included in some models of Dell’s Latitude, Inspiron, XPS and Precision mobile workstation notebooks.”In rare cases, a short-circuit could cause the battery to overheat, causing a risk of smoke and or fire,” said Dell spokesman Ira Williams.”It happens in rare cases but we opted to take this broad action immediately.”Dell has already launched a website http://www.dellbatteryprogram.com – telling customers how to get a free replacement battery.No injuries had been linked to Dell laptops with defective batteries, the company told Reuters news agency.The CPSC has identified 339 incidents in which lithium batteries used in laptops and cell phones – not just Dell products – overheated between 2003 and 2005.Some incidents involved minor skin burns or actual injuries as well as property damage, Mr Wolfson said.