Dell recalls laptop batteries on overheating concerns |

Dell recalls laptop batteries on overheating concerns

WASHINGTON – Dell Inc. recalled some notebook-computer batteries because of the possibility of overheating and potential fire risk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.The consumer watchdog said the recall affects about 22,000 batteries in the United States sold individually and with certain Dell laptop models between Oct. 5, 2004, and Oct. 13, 2005.Dell confirmed the recall and said it will not have any material financial impact on the company.The recall was triggered by three reports of batteries overheating that caused damage to a tabletop, a desktop, and resulted in minor damage to personal items, the comission said.No injuries have been reported.The individual batteries sold for between $99 and $179.Some batteries were sold with laptop models including the Latitude D410, Inspiron 510M and Dell Precision M20 mobile workstations, priced between $900 and $2,650.Dell, based in Round Rock, Texas, is the world’s largest direct seller of personal computers. It had revenue of $49.2 billion for the year ended Jan. 28.In late October, Dell said it would take charges of $300 million to fix faulty capacitors on the motherboards of older OptiPlex business desktop PCs. A spokesman had said Dell wasn’t recalling the machines but would replace the circuit boards on those that fail.In afternoon trading Friday, shares of Dell fell 31 cents to $32.58 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.Vail, Colorado

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