Dell is recalling about 990,000 AC adapters used with notebook computers because they can overheat and cause a fire and electrical shock.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission made the recall announcement in Washington today. The federal agency says there
have been seven reports of the adapters overheating, but no injuries were reported.
The adapters are used with the Texas-based company's Latitude, Precision and Inspiron notebook-style computers.
The recalled adapters were made by Delta Electronics of Taipei, Taiwan, and have the words "DELL" and "P/N 9364U," "P/N 7832D" or "P/N 4983D" printed on the back.
The adapters were sold with computers through Dell's Web site and customer service center from September 1998 through February 2002. The adapters also were sold separately for 30 to 70 dollars.
Consumers should stop using the adapters immediately and contact Dell at 800-418-8590 between 9 a-m and 6 p-m Central time Monday through Friday. Dell will send a free replacement adapter to consumers whose adapters are recalled.
On the Net:
Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov
Dell Inc.: www.delladapterprogram.com