Dell to replace (4.1 million!?) notebook batteries
Dell to replace notebook batteries - Yahoo! News
This is one hell of a recall:
Li-Ion batteries are prone to being rather unstable but normally there is a microchip in the battery that will monitor the levels in the battery and close off any defective cells. It looks like something is very wrong with the design/implementation of these specific batteries.
A Dell spokesman said Monday that the Sony batteries were placed in notebooks that were shipped between April 1, 2004, and July 18 of this year.
"In rare cases, a short-circuit could cause the battery to overheat, causing a risk of smoke and/or fire," said the spokesman, Ira Williams. "It happens in rare cases, but we opted to take this broad action immediately."
For more information about the recall and to see if your battery is affected check Dell's Battery Recall website.