Dell Recalls Notebook Batteries
Dell Computer Corp.
- By Scott Bekker
- October 13, 2000
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
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
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
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.