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Dell Recalls Notebook Batteries

Dell Computer Corp. is voluntarily recalling about 27,000 batteries supplied to the company for notebook use. The batteries can short circuit, even when not in use, potentially causing them to become very hot, release smoke, and possibly catch fire.

Dell has received one report of a battery short-circuiting and catching fire.

The batteries were shipped with Dell notebook computers from June 22 to September 15 into North, Central, and South America, and from June 22 to October 4 into Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Dell and its authorized service providers also sold the batteries separately during the same period.

The recalled batteries were sold primarily with Dell notebook computers, specifically the following models: Latitude CpiA, CpiR, CPtC, CPtS, CPtV, CPxH, CPxJ, and Inspiron 3700 and 3800. The batteries insert into the front left and/or the front right of the computer. “Dell” and “Made in Japan” are shown on the batteries. For recalled batteries, the battery identification numbers include: “DP/N” followed by “01691P” or “001691P” or “0001691P” and “42011,” “42012,” “42013,” or “42014” as a separate code, and one of the following codes: 06F, 06J, 06K, 06M, 06N, 06S, 06T, or 07I, 073, 074, 075, 07A, 07R, or 081, 082, 083, 084, 087, 088, 089, 08A, 08B, 08C, or 08L.

Consumers with recalled batteries should contact Dell to find out how to exchange their defective batteries for two replacement batteries. – Isaac Slepner

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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