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From Products Liability Law Daily, August 26, 2014

Hewlett-Packard recalls over 5.5 million notebook computer AC power cords due to fire risk

By Joe Bichl

Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), of Palo Alto, California, has recalled approximately 5,577,000 Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computer AC power cords in the United States and some 446,700 in Canada. The AC power cord can overheat, posing a potential fire and burn hazard, HP indicated (CPSC Recall Notice, 14-262, August 26, 2014)

Incidents and injuries. 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.

Product description. The 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.

The 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.

Remedy. Customers should stop using and unplug the recalled power cords immediately and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement. Consumers can continue to use the computer on battery power.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Hewlett-Packard toll-free at (877) 219-6676 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.hp.com and select “Recalls” at the bottom of the page, then select Power Cord Recall.

Companies: Hewlett-Packard Company

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