Dell to recall Inspiron notebook batteries

The recall affects 284,000 batteries sold in notebooks from 7 January last year through 21 March this year. The batteries were also sold separately by Dell and its service providers during the same period, Dell said in a statement.

Customers will be contacted in order for battery replacements to be sent out. Each customer will initially receive one replacement battery. A bonus battery will be shipped when the old battery is returned, Dell said.

So far Dell has had one customer report of a notebook battery overcharging, resulting in "minor property damage."

Dell advises owners of the affected Inspiron model notebooks to remove the battery from the unit and go to a special section of Dell's Web site to determine if the battery is part of the recall.

In October last year Dell recalled 27,000 batteries manufactured by Sanyo. These batteries were used in various Latitude models as well as the Inspiron 3700 and 3800 series notebooks.

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