Under the category public safety:
Forty-four laptop or notebook computers have caught fire in the past five years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says.
From the CPSC:
Hewlett-Packard recalls notebook batteries
HP has received 20 reports of batteries overheating, including two in the United States. One minor burn injury has been reported. Eleven cases of minor property damage were reported, including one in the United States.
Dell recalls notebook batteries
Dell has received three reports of batteries overheating. The incidents involved damage to a tabletop, a desktop, and minor damage to personal effects. No injuries have been reported.