HP has recalled millions of notebook charging cables due to a fire hazard

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Hewlett-Packard has issued a voluntary recall on more than six million notebook power cables because they may pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to customers. Specifically, around 5.6 million cables in the U.S. and 446,000 units in Canada are part of the recall. The faulty AC power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebooks and mini notebooks as well as AC power cables bundled with accessories like docking stations sold from September 2010 through June 2012. If you think your cable might be affected, HP recommends you should stop using it immediately.

Hewlett-Packard has announced a worldwide voluntary recall of up to 6 million AC power cords that were distributed with HP and Compaq notebooks, mini notebooks, and some docking stations sold between September 2010 and June 2012. On August 26, the company issued a statement saying that some of the power cords for these computers may have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. “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,” the company said. “We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers.” An HP administrator said in a post on the company’s support forum blog page that the voluntary recall is only for the cord that connects the wall socket to the laptop power pack, marked with the part number “LS-15”, which is moulded into the connector that plugs into the AC adapter.

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