The 35,000 recalled batteries were sold with several models of Latitude and Inspiron machines and Precision mobile workstations between Oct. 5, 2004, and Oct. 13, 2005.
Manufactured in Japan or China, they were also sold on their own as replacement batteries--at a cost of between $99 and $179--during that time.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dell warned consumers to stop using the products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The Round Rock, Texas-based company has learned of three incidents of the recalled batteries overheating, resulting in damage to a tabletop and a desktop, and in "minor damage to personal effects," but no reported injuries.
Dell customers should contact the company and have the battery's identification number available in order to determine whether it is subject to recall. If the battery qualifies, Dell said it would supply a free replacement.
More information is available at a Dell Web page.
The latest warnings appear to be far from the scale oflast year, which sought to reel in about 4.4 million adapters sold worldwide.