Dell recalls 27,000 notebook batteries

Batteries in some Latitude and Inspiron models are being pulled on fears they could break into flames. One incident reported so far

Dell Computer announced Friday that it is recalling 27,000 batteries shipped in some Latitude and Inspiron notebooks.

Dell said it is recalling batteries shipped from 22 June through 15 September into North, Central and South America, and from 22 June through 4 October, into Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The models using the batteries are Latitude CPiA, CPi R, CPtC, CPtS, CPtV CPxH, CPxJ, and Inspiron 3700 and 3800 computers. The exact batteries are detailed in a recall notice posted on Dell's web site.

There is a "remote possibility" that affected batteries can generate electrical shorts and overheat, potentially to the point of causing smoke or flames, according to Dell.

But the company also said the chance of a battery producing flame is extremely low. Dell is aware of only one incident. There were no injuries and property damage was minor, according to the company.

Sanyo Electric made the batteries, according to Dell.

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