Dell Recalls Hazardous Notebook Power Adapters

I received a boxed letter from Dell today advising that the power adapter for my Inspiron notebook computer was being recalled as a fire and electrical hazard.

The recall covers a large range of Dell Latitude and Inspiron models and one Precision notebook sold from September 1998 through February 2002:

Potentially affected adapters were sold with the following models of Dell notebook computers:

  1. Latitude CP, CPi, CPiA, CPtC, CPiR, CPxH, CPtV, CS, CSx, CPxJ, CPtS, C500, C510, C600, C610, C800, C805, C810, V700, C-Dock, C-Port

  2. Inspiron 2500, 2600, 3500, 3700, 3800, 4000, 4100, 4150, 5000, 5000E, 7500, 7550, 8000, 8100, Advanced Port Replicator, Docking Station

  3. Precision M40

    The adapters were also sold separately, including in response to service calls.

These adapters were manufactured by Delta Electronics of Thailand and have the model numbers 04983D, 07832D, or 09364U.

It took a couple of minutes on Dell's recall site to verify that my adapter was affected and order a free replacement. In the meantime, users are advised to unplug the adapter from the wall while not in use.

I imagine that leaving the laptop plugged in as I fall asleep listening to Texas Rangers games is probably a bad idea too.

Several of these adapters are being auctioned on EBay, which makes me wonder if the auction site does anything to actively spot and remove sales of recalled products.


Thanks, turns out I have an old one of those laying around (but plugged in to the wall and in use). I probably would have never been notified. Makes you wonder since mine has been plugged in 24 hours a day for over 4 years.

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