Since around May of 2005, my household has purchased three laptops from Dell: one Inspiron 9300 for me, one Inspiron 9300 for my wife, and one Inspiron 6000 for my daughter. About a week ago, I heard of a massive recall effort by Dell regarding potentially explosive batteries. I dutifully powered my laptop off, popped the battery from the bottom of it, and checked the serial number. It was fine. When I got home, I did the same thing to my wife’s laptop. Hers was fine as well. Finally, I checked my daughter’s laptop. BINGO! We have a winner! (Wasn’t there a Murphy’s law about always finding something in the last place you look for it? I guess that doesn’t apply here…)
However, in the instructions that I received from Dell, I am told to put my old battery in the box they sent and mail it back to them. I didn’t notice a hazardous materials stamp on the box. Nor did I notice a “Caution: exploding battery enclosed” label to affix to the box. I don’t want to be alarmist here, or raise false concern, but is this really responsible? Haven’t some of these batteries exploded/caught flame while the laptop was not powered on or plugged in? This just seems a little concerning to me. Does anyone else have an opinion on this? Am I worrying too much? Should I just send it and let the US Postal service worry about it?