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Over 36 battery models are affected by the recall
Dell and the CSPC have issued a recall for 4.1M laptop batteries manufactured by Sony and sold between April, 2004 and August 2006

Dell, along with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has issued a recall of 4.1 million laptop batteries manufactured for the company by Sony according to a Dell representative. The recall affects batteries manufactured by Sony in Dell’s Latitude, Precision, Inspiron and XPS laptop lines, manufactured between April 2004 and July 18th 2006. The exact models are as follows:

  • 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

Dell is advising customers affected by the recall to eject the battery after powering down the notebook and to use the laptop on AC power until a replacement battery has arrived. The affected batteries may spontaneously combust, sometimes rather violently.

According to Dell the problem is related impurities in the anode and cathode of the battery. Over time the impurities can work their way to the outside of the anode and rupture an isolator.  The ruptured insulator then leaves an opportunity to create a short circuit that could result in a fire.

Customers who may have recalled batteries can go to DellBatteryProgram.com to determine if they need a new battery or call 1.866.342.0011 for assistance from Dell.  



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RE: Sony Built For Apple, Too
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 8/15/2006 11:16:00 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately we just deployed about 1000 DELL D610 laptops. I checked the S/N against 5 of the laptops I have sitting around my desk.... all 5 are marked for recall :( Guess I'm going to have a busy work week hunting down all of these laptop batteries and checking them..... damn it all. On the plus side, nice deflection by DELL to name Sony as the cause of this, puts all the blame on them, makes DELL look good for issuing the recall, not bad PR FTW!


By sweetpants1536 on 8/15/2006 12:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't Apple and HP doing a battery recall too?


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