What: About 284,000 batteries used in Dell notebook-style personal computers.
Reason: The batteries can overcharge, causing them to overheat, release smoke and possibly catch fire.
Description: The recalled batteries were sold in Dell Inspiron 5000 and 5000e notebook computers and also sold separately for use in those computers. "Dell," "Made in Japan" and "Inspiron 5000 Battery Module" are printed on the top of the batteries. The batteries being recalled have colored stickers containing either the number "99" or the series "00 51" or less, and the letter "P" in the first line. The stickers are at the rear of the battery.
Sold from: January 2000 through March 2001 in catalogs and over the Internet for between $100 and $130. The computers sold with these batteries sold for between $2,100 and $3,100.
What to do: Stop using the batteries immediately and call Dell toll-free at (877) 237-3355 to order a free replacement battery. Information on the recall also is available at http://support. dell.com/i5000battery/entry.asp