Dell is recalling some of the one million electrical adapters sold for use with Dell notebook computers, following seven reports of the adapters overheating.
The adapters, which were manufactured by Delta Electronics, pose a risk of fire or electrical shock, according to Dell.
So far, there have been no reports of injury by the adapters, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
About 990,000 adapters are affected by the recall. They were sold between September 1998 and February 2002 for use with some of Dell's Latitude, Precision and Inspiron notebooks, and are marked with the name "Dell" and the part numbers P/N 9364U, P/N 7832D or P/N 4983D.
Not all such adapters are being recalled, according to the Dell. Owners should contact the company to find out whether their adapter is affected. If it is, the company advises them to stop using the device, and send it back for free replacement.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service