updated 05:29 am EDT, Wed August 27, 2014
HP offering free replacement of faulty notebook power cables sold in US, Canada
Over 6 million notebook power cords sold with HP and Compaq notebooks are being recalled, over a possible fire risk. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that HP has received 29 reports where power cords dispatched with notebooks or sold separately overheated, resulting in charring or melting of the cable, with two claims of minor burns, and 13 claims of property damage.
HP asks for users to immediately stop using and unplug the cable, before contacting the manufacturer for a free replacement. Not all HP and Compaq notebooks are affected, only those with an LS-15 mark on the AC adapter end. It is believed that around 5.6 million of the affected LS-15 AC cords were sold in the United States, with approximately 440,000 shipped in Canada between September 2010 and June 2012.
In December, Google and HP issued a similar recall, with an estimated 140,000 microUSB chargers sold with the Chromebook 11 affected with similar heat-related issues. The notebook was temporarily pulled from sale just one month after it first became available to buy.