Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has issued a worldwide recall of more than 6 million computer power cables due to a potential fire hazard. To date, they have received at least 29 reports of the cables or the adapters overheating, to the point of melting or charring the adapter, or worse. In all, there have been 13 reports of property damage to homes or offices and at least two people have received burn injuries so far.
This recall affects more than 5.5 million cables sold in the United States and more than 450,000 cables that were sold in Canada. However, HP suggests that some may have been sold in other countries, which is why they issued a worldwide recall.
At fault are the AC power cords that plug into the AC adapters, which were shipped with HP and Compaq laptops and mini-notebook computers, and those that shipped with AC adapters that were provided with such computer accessories as docking stations. The affected products were sold between September 2010 and June 2012, and they will have the designation “LS-15” molded into the section that plugs into the AC adapter.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned that anyone who has purchased one of these products who thinks their cormay part of the recall should immediately stop using the power cord, as they “can overheat, posing a potential fire and burn hazard.” They should then contact Hewlett-Packard for a replacement, free of charge. This time, it is only the cord that is the problem, not the charger. The laptops will run well off of battery power.
If you or someone you know has one of these computers, check the plug, and then check the Hewlett-Packard recall website. If you have one of these cables, follow the instructions of the recall by unplugging it and returning it to Hewlett-Packard. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered property damage due to a fire caused by any defective electrical product, please contact the experienced Texas Consumer Product Safety Attorney at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, so that we can help you protect your rights under the law.