Dell is recalling about 38,000 power adapters sold worldwide that can cause an electrical shock if they are used with power cords from third-party manufacturers, a company spokesperson said.
The Dell Combination Auto/Air Adapters were sold between December 2003 and May 2004 as an accessory with Latitude and Inspiron notebooks, a Dell spokesman, Tom Kehoe, said. The adapters allow those notebooks to use either a standard AC wall socket or a DC power outlet such as a cigarette lighter in an automobile.
If combined with a power cord other than the one provided by the manufacturer, Mobility Electronics, the adapters could pose the risk of an electrical shock.
No reports of electrical shocks had reached Dell, but the company was recalling the adapters to prevent any such problems from occurring, Kehoe said.
Customers would receive a new power cord and adapter inserts that prevented any other power cord from being used with the adapter, Kehoe said.
Dell was in the process of contacting customers who purchased the adapters, he said.
Dell has set up a website http://www.auto-air-adapter.com for the recall that features more information and local telephone numbers for international customers.