Defective Dell laptop batteries have the potential to overheat and cause fires or even explode, resulting in extensive property damage and severe personal injuries, including death.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your Dell laptop battery has overheated, caused a fire or exploded, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Dell Sued for $1.4 Million Over Laptop Battery Fire
July 17, 2017 – A New Zealand couple has filed a lawsuit against Dell Inc. after their $2 million lodge was allegedly destroyed in a fire started by a defective laptop battery. Plaintiffs Denise and Gordon McGregors claim that the fire caused significant damage to the lodge’s main building, and that firefighters were unable to save it. A subsequent investigation by a fire investigators confirmed the laptop battery exploded, according to the lawsuit.
Why Do Laptop Batteries Overheat?
Laptop batteries can get hot for a number of reasons:
- Manufacturing defect
- Mishandling by owner
- Too large a battery crammed in too small a space
- Uneven separators
- Poor conductors
- Battery not designed for use with device
Guidelines for Using Laptop Batteries
- In case of fire, lithium-ion batteries can safely be dowsed with water.
- For best results dowsing a li-ion fire, use a foam extinguisher, CO2, ABC dry chemical, powdered graphite, copper powder or soda (sodium carbonate) as you would extinguish other combustible fires. Only lithium-metal batteries require a Class D fire extinguisher.
- If a lithium-ion battery fire cannot be extinguished, allow the pack to burn in a controlled and safe way.
- Be aware of cell propagation as each cell might be consumed on its own time table when hot. Place a seemingly burned-out pack outside for a time.
How To Prevent Laptop Fires
There are 2 main things you can do to decrease the chance of your laptop battery catching fire and/or exploding. PC World recommends replacing your lithium-ion batteries after 2 to 3 years of use. The aging components begin to break down and may start producing additional thermal runaway. Battery life also may drop considerably after two to three years of use. PC World also suggests avoiding storing your laptop in a car trunk or any place that can reach a temperature of over 60 degrees Celsius.
Dell Laptop Class Action
In 2007, a class action lawsuit was filed against Dell by Thad Griffin, who claimed that the company should have reacted more quickly to the laptop battery problem the previous year, and that Inspirons have a design defect that makes them susceptible to overheating which can damage the motherboard.
Do I Have a Dell Laptop Battery Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Dell laptop battery lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new fire and explosion cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your Dell laptop battery has overheated, caused a fire or exploded, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.