HP recalls over 6 million defective power cords
Most overheating issues encountered lately were connected to batteries and power adapters, especially when talking about smartphones. While power cords for notebooks do not usually face such problems, it looks like almost 6 million of them that shipped with HP and Compaq machines and accessories such as docking stations between 2010 and 2012 may overheat and should be replaced to avoid property damage or even injuries.
The power cord model facing this problem is LS-15, but HP specifies that "Not all power cords with the “LS-15” molded mark are affected." According to HP and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 29 reports of overheating and melting of these cables were reported and the 13 worst cases involved minor burns and property damage.
The amount of recalled power cords exceeds 5.5 million in the US and 440,000 in Canada. HP will replace each recalled power cord for free. "We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers." says the official recall and replacement program page.