Round Rock, Texas — Dell has initiated a recall of 4.1 million notebook computer batteries that have the potential to overheat and catch fire.
About 2.7 million of the Sony-manufactured batteries were sold in the United States between April 2004 and July 2006 in notebooks costing between $500 and $2,850. Dell had received six reports of batteries overheating and causing property damage, although no personal injuries were incurred.
Sony did not have a specific statement regarding the recall, but a company spokesman said Sony will financially support Dell with the recall and it has identified and rectified the manufacturing error that created this problem. The batteries involved are used in the following Dell models:
- Latitude: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
- Inspiron: 500M, 510M, 600M, 700M, 710M, 6000, 6400, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 9400, E1505, E1705
- Precision: M20, M60, M70, M90
- XPS: XPS, XPS Gen2, XPS M170, XPS M1710
In addition, batteries sent out as part of a service call could be affected. Dell has created a Web site for customers to check if their battery is part of the recall. Consumers can still use the battery-less notebook by connecting the AC adapter.