6 Million Laptop Power Cords Recalled
HP recalls 6M laptop power cords for ‘fire and burn hazard’
Hewlett-Packard announced a voluntary worldwide recall of more than 6 million of its power cords because of overheating and potential “fire and burn hazard.” These cords connect to the company’s Compaq notebooks, mini notebook computers, and various AC adapter-powered accessories, like docking stations.
The power cord in question is called the LS-15. It’s black and has a “LS-15” molded mark on the AC adapter end. These power cords came with HP laptops and accessories from September 2010 to June 2012. However, not all HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook PCs were sold with the LS-15.
–by Dara Kerr
Cnet.com August 26, 2014
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5,577,000 in the U.S. and 446,700 in Canada
This recall involves Hewlett-Packard’s LS-15 AC power cord. The power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers and with AC adapter-powered accessories such as docking stations. The power cords are black in color and have an “LS-15” molded mark on the AC adapter end of the power cord.
HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.
Customers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement. Consumers can continue to use the computer on battery power.
Notebook and mini notebook computers and accessories were sold with the AC power cords at computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers and online at www.hp.com worldwide from September 2010 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1500.
Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), of Palo Alto, Calif.