Dell laptop batteries love to blow up. Actually the batteries are manufactured by Sony, but overheating the batteries is what is causing the explosions.
In the latest news, Dell is recalling 4.1 million laptop Li-ion batteries. If you have bought your laptop between April 1, 2004 and July 18, 2006, you may be eligible for a replacement “safer” battery.
The affected models are:
Latitude series: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
Inspiron series: 6000, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705
Precision series: M20, M60, M60, M70, M90
XPS series: Gen2, M170, M1710
You can apply for your battery replacement at the Dell Battery Return Program web site.