Dell recalls 27,000 notebook batteries

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

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

Dell (dell) said it is recalling batteries shipped from June 22 through September 15 into North, Central, and South America, and from June 22 through October 4 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 manufactured the batteries, according to Dell.

More details to follow.