Dell Computer Corp. is recalling about 284,000 batteries used in notebook computers sold to schools and other customers because they can overheat and catch fire.

Dell and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the company had heard one report of a battery that overcharged and caught fire, resulting in minor property damage.

The recall, announced May 3, covers batteries used in Inspiron 5000 and 5000e notebooks shipped to consumers from January 7, 2000, to March 21 of this year. Dell and its service providers also sold the


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