Dell has recalled 35,000 laptop batteries because they pose a fire risk.
No injuries have been reported from the faulty batteries but Dell has received three reports of damage to table tops and desks as a result of the problem, it said. Around 22,000 of the batteries have been sold in the US.
The recall affects Dell notebooks sold between 5 October 2004, and 13 October 2005. The following models are affected: Latitude models D410, D505, D510, D600, D610, D800, D810; Inspiron models 510M, 600M, 6000, 8600, 9200, 9300, the XPS Generation 2 notebook; and Precision M20 and M70 mobile workstations. Owners are advised to visit www.dellbatteryprogram.com to check whether they need a new battery. The batteries were also sold on their own and provided as part of service replacements, Dell said.
Users should have the identification number stamped on the back of the battery written down before they visit Dell's site, the company said. The company will replace all the affected batteries for free.