Dell laptop AC adapters recalled

| 10/8/2004

Truckers who use Dell laptop computers should check to see if their AC adapter is among those being recalled by the computer manufacturer this week.

The Round Rock, TX-based company is voluntarily recalling the power adapters in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are used with some models of the Dell Latitude, Precision and Inspiron notebook-style computers.

Dell said in a news release that the adapters can overheat, and could cause a fire or electrical shock.

According to Tom Weakly with the OOIDA Foundation, roughly 24 percent of OOIDA members who responded to the annual Member Survey said they have a personal computer in their truck – most likely a laptop.

In a news release, Dell put the number of adapters recalled at roughly 2.9 million. However, the federal agency said about 990,000 of the adapters were involved.

The federal agency said Dell received seven reports of adapters overheating, though no injuries were reported. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that consumers stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The adapters involved in the recall have either “P/N 9364U,” P/N 7832D” or “P/N 4983D” printed on the back of the unit. Truckers who think their AC adapters might be involved should visit Dell’s Web site at or call Dell between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. central time Monday through Friday at 1-800-418-8590.