Fallout of the Exposive Dell Batteries…
Remember the photos of the Dell laptop on fire I had in the blog some time back? Well, now Dell is recalling 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries for their notebooks made by Sony. Yike!
“Under rare conditions, Dell said, the batteries could overheat, prompting a risk of fire. The batteries, manufactured by Sony, were found in 25 Dell laptops and eight Dell “mobile workstation”-class notebook PCs. Dell said that it would provide a Web site, www.dellbatteryprogram.com, with instructions on how to determine whether a notebook battery was affected by the recall, and if so, how to ship it back. The batteries are marked with a ‘Dell’ label and a label that says either ‘Made in Japan,”Made in China,’ or ‘Battery Cell Made in Japan Assembled in China.’ There is also a battery number listed on a white sticker. The affected notebook models were sold from April 1, 2004, through July 18, 2006.”
I heard a report on NPR that Dell states that this incident “will not effect it’s bottom line.” Uh huh, and I have some land in Florida you might be interested in too!
By the way, Apple Computer said that they are looking into similar problems with their batteries.