Dell recalls batteries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Dell Computer Corp. is voluntarily recalling 284,000 batteries used in its Inspiron line of laptop computers because they can overcharge, become very hot, release smoke and possibly catch fire.

Dell said it has received one report of a battery that overcharged, resulting in minor property damage but no injuries. The batteries covered by the recall are used in Dell Inspiron 5000 and 5000e notebook computers.

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