SAN FRANCISCO - The world's largest personal computer maker said it would recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries with cells made by Sony.
This is the largest recall in Dell's history.
Dell said it issued the recall in cooperation with the US 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, Mr Blackburn said on Monday.
He also said that the recall would have no 'material impact' on Round Rock, Texas-based Dell.
Officials from Sony Energy Devices of Japan could not immediately be reached for comment.
The recall involves 18 per cent 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.
The batteries are Dell-branded but contain Sony battery cells, said the spokesman.
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. -- REUTERS