Dell to Recall Millions of Laptop Batteries

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Dell is recalling four-point-one (M) million notebook computer batteries because they can overheat and catch fire.

Dell negotiated conditions of the recall with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which called it the largest electronics-related recall ever by the agency.

Round Rock-based Dell says the batteries were made by Sony and placed in notebooks that were shipped between April of 2004 and July 18th of this year.

In rare cases a short-circuit could cause the battery to overheat, causing a risk of smoke and/or fire,

The battery packs were included in some models of Dell's Latitude, Inspiron, X-T-S and precision mobile workstation notebooks.

Dell will launch a Web site to further describe the affected models and how to get free replacement batteries.