Dell is recalling batteries sold with 284,000 of its Inspiron 5000 and 5000e consumer notebooks after one caught fire.
The PC vendor said the batteries involved were shipped to customers between 7 January 2000 and 21 March 2001. As well as the stated models, the batteries were also sold separately for use with the computers.
Dell warned that "the batteries are subject to overcharge, potentially causing them to overheat, release smoke and possibly catch fire".
A Dell spokesman told vnunet.com that a design vulnerability in the battery supplier's pack assembly process is the cause of the fault.
The recall was sparked by a customer reporting that his battery had overheated to the extent that it caught fire. The incident did not result in any personal injury, although some minor property damage did occur.
Customers will receive one replacement battery for each battery identified as subject to recall. Upon return of a recalled battery, customers will receive an additional free battery.
Details of how to check whether your battery is at risk have been published on the firm's website at www.dell.com.
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