Overheating Power Cords Spark HP Recall Totaling 6 Million

Overheating Power Cords Spark HP Recall Totaling 6 Million
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August 26, 2014

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is recalling more than 6 million power cords in the U.S. and Canada after almost 30 complaints that the cords overheated.

Complaints reported that the cords melted, causing two cases of minor burns and 13 claims of property damage. The cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, and with AC adapter-powered accessories, such as docking stations.

HP advises that owners should stop using the power cord and contact the company for a free replacement. The computers can continue to be used with 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 worldwide from September 2010 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1500. The power cords are black in color and have an 'LS-15' molded mark on the AC adapter end of the power cord.

Hewlett-Packard can be contacted toll-free at (877) 219-6676.