HP recalls over 6 million power plugs over fire risk

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 @ 12:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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HP announced a recall of over 6 million power cords that were shipped with HP and Compaq laptops and docking stations in the United States and Canada from September 2010 to June 2012. The affected power cables are marked with part number "LS-15", which is molded into the connector that plugs into the AC adapter.

The company explains these power cords pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to consumers, if you have one of these power plugs you can check at HP's website if yours needs to be replaced.

To date HP received 29 reports of incidents with the LS-15 power plug, including two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage. If your power cord is affected, HP urges you to stop using it until you receive your free replacement.
On August 26, 2014 HP announced a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, for affected AC power cords distributed worldwide with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations, sold from September 2010 through June 2012.

HP customers affected by this program will be eligible to receive a replacement AC power cord for each verified, recalled AC power cord at no cost.

HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers.

Note: Not all HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook PCs were sold with an affected power cord. Please validate the power cord shipped with your notebook PC or purchased with an accessory, or as a spare.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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