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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 1997

Release # 98-014
CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, Dell Announce Recall of AC Adapters for Latitude LM Notebook Computers and Latitude LM Port Replicators

Recall of AC Adapters for Latitude LM Notebook Computers and Latitude LM Port ReplicatorsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dell Computer Corp., of Round Rock, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 233,000 AC adapters supplied with its Latitude LM notebook computers and Latitude LM port replicators in the United States. Dell also is recalling these adapters throughout the world. The port replicator is a docking station used to connect the notebook computer to an external monitor and keyboard. The AC adapter's connector pins can break off from the adapter and remain in the power cord, posing a shock hazard.

Dell has received 111 reports of the adapters' connector pins breaking off. No injuries have been reported.

These black AC adapters come with the Dell Latitude LM notebook computers and port replicators. The adapters are 4 inches long by 2.25 inches wide and have one attached cord and one detachable power cord. The bottom of the adapter is labeled in part, "DELL...MADE IN TAIWAN." These adapter can be identified easily because the first eight digits of the "DP/N" bar code are "00097689" or "00099500." The "DP/N" bar code is on the bottom of the adapter. The only versions of the "00099500" adapters that are subject to this recall are those that have "A00, A01, A02, or A03" at the far right of the bar code.

Dell's direct sales force, Internet ordering site and toll-free number sold the AC adapters with the Latitude LM notebook computers and port replicators from June 1996 to October 1997. The adapters also were sold separately for about $39.

Consumers should stop using these AC adapters immediately and contact the company to receive a free replacement adapter and instructions for the safe use of the computer. To contact Dell, call (800) 715-1483 between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or access their Internet site at www.dell.com/lmadapter.

Latitude notebook computers and port replicators are not included in this recall.
 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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