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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Dell Recalls Four Million Laptop Batteries

This is for all you Dell laptop owners out there. Dell has just announced that they are issuing a worldwide recall for the batteries of most of their laptop that were manufactured between April 2004 and July 18, 2006. If you have such a laptop, get your replacement battery now!

Dell has identified a potential issue associated with certain batteries sold with Dell Latitude™, Inspiron™, XPS™ and Dell Precision Mobile Workstation™ notebook computers. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies, Dell is voluntarily recalling certain Dell-branded batteries with cells manufactured by Sony and offering free replacements for these batteries. Under rare conditions, it is possible for these batteries to overheat, which could pose a risk of fire.

I'm sure this recall has something to do with the bad press Dell received when one Dell laptop literally exploded at a nameless Japanese conference 2 months ago.

Potentially affected models include:

  • 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
Read more.

Edit: Apparently, all the defective batteries were made by a company that we all learned to love recently:
Sony. Is anyone surprised by this? I know I'm not!


  • We've been lucky - our Precisions have newer batteries .. phew! That'd be a pain.

    By Blogger AlRo, at 12:11 PM  

  • My Dell Inspiron 630m uses a battery made in Korea. Well, that's a relief. The laptop still generates a lot of heat though..

    By Blogger Ashrufzz, at 1:04 PM  

  • I like that it took two years of manufacturing these batteries for them to be recalled. Despite this, I still have a positive opinion of Dell computers though, the one we had lasted nearly 10 years (and was still working when we disconnected it).

    By Anonymous Mila, at 3:38 PM  

  • Ashrufzz .. I'd still check the revision numbers from the link provided in the post.. doesn't matter where they were manufactured... Sony is everywhere..

    By Blogger AlRo, at 10:05 PM  

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