Dell Computers recalled over 4 million lithium-ion laptop batteries because they can overheat, catch on fire, or explode. The batteries were sold in XPS, Latitude, Precision, and Inspiron laptops.
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Dell Recalls 4 Million Laptop Batteries for Fire Hazard
Dell recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion laptop batteries in August 2006 because they can overheat and catch on fire. Dell received 6 reports of the batteries overheating and causing property damage.
The batteries were sold in the following Dell notebook computers:
- Dell Latitude™ D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
- Dell Inspiron™ 6000, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705
- Dell Precision™ M20, M60, M70 and M90 mobile workstations
- Dell XPS,™ XPS Gen2, XPS M170 and XPS M1710
What is the Problem?
Lithium-ion batteries are used in laptops, notebook computers, and other electronics because they recharge quickly and maximize the amount of power in the smallest size possible. These advantages come with a price — the risk of laptop battery fires and explosions.
How Do Laptop Fires Occur?
Laptop fires are typically caused by lithium-ion batteries overheating, resulting in a “thermal runaway.” The battery gets too hot and causes electrical short-circuiting, which causes the battery to keep getting hotter until the highly-flammable liquid chemicals inside it boil, expand, and break the case. When these chemicals leak out of the case and hit an electric spark, the laptop can explode at extremely high temperatures.
What Causes Laptop Battery Fires?
- Manufacturing defect
- Unsafe design
- Physical damage
- Wrong type or size of battery in the laptop
- Uneven separators
- Poor conductors
How to Put Out a Laptop Battery Fire
Do not use water. The easiest way to put out a laptop battery fire is to suppress it with sand. You can use a dry chemical fire extinguisher (type “C”) on an electrical fire, but dry powder type “D” extinguishers work best on lithium-ion battery fires as well as electrical fires. Laptop battery fires are difficult to put out, especially in aircraft cargo areas.
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