We have heard about and seen pictures of a Dell laptops starting on fire…now comes the battery recall. This effects 4.1 million Dell laptops of the 22 million that were shipped between April 2004 and July 18, 2006. If you own a Dell laptop that was purchased during that time you have a 19% chance that the battery is defective.

The Dell Battery Program site is where you can check to see if your battery needs to be replaced. The following are the models of computers that have been sold with the defective battery:

  • Latitude: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
  • Inspiron: 500M, 510M, 600M, 700M, 710M, 6000, 6400, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 9400, E1505, E1705
  • Precision: M20, M60, M70, M90
  • XPS: XPS, XPS Gen2, XPS M170, XPS M1710

If you have one of those computers you will need to compare the identification number located on the battery to the one in the image above. If the portion of the ID that is circled in red matches any of these then your battery is subject to a recall:

  • 1K055
  • 3K590
  • 59474
  • 6P922
  • C2603, C5339, C5340, C5446, C6269, C6270
  • D2961, D5555, D6024, D6025
  • F2100, F5132
  • GD785
  • H3191
  • JD616, JD617
  • KD494
  • M3006
  • RD857
  • TD349
  • U5867, U5882
  • W5915
  • X5308, X5329, X5332, X5333, X5875, X5877
  • Y1333, Y4500, Y5466

I tried to alphabetize the list that they provided because it is in some kind of unorganized table. You could also enter in the entire ID number into the Battery Replacement Ordering page and it will inform you whether you are eligible for a battery replacement.

The New York Times is reporting that the cost of the recall could exceed $300 million. The accuracy of that number depends on how many people are still using a bad battery. You would have to imagine that the people who purchased a Dell laptop back in 2004 would have probably replaced the battery by this point.