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Laptops fire scare.

COMPUTER giants Dell are recalling 4.1million laptop batteries because of afire risk.

The world's largest personal computer makers said they knew of six instances when the batteries, made by Sony, overheated or caught fire.

It's the biggest electronics-related recall ever announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The lithium-ion batteries were supplied between April 1, 2004 and July 18, 2006. They were sold either separately or with Dell Latitude, Inspiron, XPS and Dell Precision Mobile Workstation laptop computers.

Dell spokeswoman Rose Bambi said laptop owners should check their batteries as a matter of urgency.

She said: "If their battery is one of those affected, they need to take it out of the computer."

Dell will supply free replacements to affected customer.

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Date:Aug 16, 2006
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