Dell to recall 4.1 million PC batteries

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Shares fall nearly 2 percent in after-hours trade; lithium-ion batteries
could potentially catch fire.
August 14 2006: 7:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Dell, the world's largest personal computer
maker, said on Monday it would recall 4.1 million notebook computer
batteries with cells made by Sony, the largest recall in Dell's history.

Dell said it issued the recall in cooperation with the Consumer Product
Safety Commission because the devices' lithium-ion batteries could overheat
and, in rare cases, produce smoke and catch fire, Dell spokesman Jess
Blackburn said.

The recall of batteries in Dell notebooks sold from April 2004 through last
month spans the company's assortment of Latitude, Inspiron and Precision
models, Blackburn reported.

Blackburn also said that the recall would have no "material impact" on Round
Rock, Tex.-based Dell. Officials from Sony (Charts) Energy Devices Corp. of
Japan, which made the cells, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The recall involves 18 percent of Dell's 22 million notebook computers sold
during the period from April 2004 to July 2006. It comes three days before
Dell is scheduled to report its fiscal second-quarter earnings.

Dell has received six reports of batteries overheating, causing damage to
furniture and personal belongings, the Consumer Product Safety Commission in
Washington reported. No injuries have been reported, the commission said.

Shares of Dell (Charts) were down 24 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $21.00 in
extended trading.

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On Tue, 15 Aug 2006 06:03:01 +0100, "Lez Pawl"

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When going to this url, Firefox tells me that the authenticity cannot
be verified!

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It is a legitimate site. If you're worried, examine the certificate
yourself, or call Dell customer service.

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IE throws up a security alert but I just select is a
genuine Dell site

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On Tue, 15 Aug 2006 16:13:31 +0100, "Lez Pawl"

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Yeah, McAfee Site Advisor gave it the green light and I realized it
most likely was legit. but it is rather disconcerting to get those
warnings. I've gotten them from both I.E. as well as Firefox for a
number of legit. sites.

What is the reason for them, or at least, what is the reason in this
case? Dell of all entities, with the extent they partner with
Microsoft, couldn't work this out at least for I.E.?

When downloading AdAware S.E. a few months ago, I.E. warned that the
digital signature could not be verified. In response to my inquiry,
Lavasoft replied that they are working on a digital signature.

More recently, when connecting to the site to register Avast! AV,
Firefox warned "authenticity of site cannot be verified". Alwil's
answer was something like,  "the certificate is for encryption and not
authentication. We have private authentication"

I know I can't be the only one thrown off by such warnings.

Regarding examining the certificate, as another poster suggested,  how
can the average person detect a forgery?

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