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Dell said Monday it will recall 4.1 million notebook-computer batteries made by Sony because they can overheat and catch fire. The company negotiated conditions of the recall with the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, which called it the largest electronics-related recall ever involving the agency. “In rare cases, a short-circuit could cause the battery to overheat, causing a risk of smoke and/or fire,” said spokesman Ira Williams. “It happens in rare cases, but we opted to take this broad action immediately.”

If you’ve suffered a loss due to a fire, it makes sense to contact an attorney. It may be possible to recover those losses your insurance company wouldn’t cover from the responsible party (potentially an electronics maker like Dell).

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